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January 10, 2014
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Tanker truck explosion rocks Mona
Chad Bryan, Star Writer

Firemen conducting cooling-down operations on the tanker. - Ricardo Makyn

A tanker truck's explosion caused damage to sections of a house and a motor vehicle and resulted in several students and teachers at the Mona High School, Mona Road, St Andrew, scampering for cover.

The explosion, which happened shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday, caused massive clouds of smoke to billow into the air, which could be seen from as far as downtown Kingston.

Traffic had to be diverted from the scene and curious onlookers thronged to the police cordon with cell phones in hand, in an attempt to get pictures of the fiery scene.

It took approximately seven units from the Half-Way Tree, Rollington Town and York Park fire stations to extinguish the blaze.

The unharmed driver, Dennis Mutler, explained that he was heading towards the Total Service Station along Mona Road when he heard a number of explosions to the cab of the vehicle.

"I tried to out it but then it burst into flames. I heard the explosion once and then I saw smoke coming. I knew it was fire because I felt the heat," said Mutler.

Exploded transformers also resulted in power being lost in the area.

A policeman, firemen and onlookers view the tanker as it burns.

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