Police: Car crash led to Pa. car wash explosion

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Investigators say it was a minor car accident that helped cause a propane leak that led to an explosion at a central Pennsylvania car wash last week.

The blast at 3:30 a.m. Friday leveled the Engleside Car Wash in West Lampeter Township and damaged several surrounding homes. Damage is estimated at around $1.5 million. No one was hurt.

Township police told the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era on Thursday that a car crash shortly before the explosion likely damaged part of a propane pipe, allowing the area to fill with gas.

Something else must have ultimately ignited the explosion, but Detective Jere Schuler says police may never know what it was.


Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era , http://lancasteronline.com

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