Explosion causes closure of the 60; homes evacuated

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INDUSTRY (CNS) – A compressed-gas cylinder of carbon dioxide exploded today on the back of a truck in the Industry area, prompting closure of the nearby eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway and the evacuation of some homes as a precaution.

Firefighters were sent to the 2000 block of South Holford Street about 11:30 a.m., said county fire Inspector Brian Riley. The truck was carrying carbon dioxide canisters when one of them exploded, sending about 10-20 of them to tumble out of the truck, Riley said.

Authorities closed the eastbound 60 east of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway as a precaution, and also closed the transition roads from the 605 Freeway to the eastbound 60, the California Highway Patrol reported. The roadways were reopened about 1:30 p.m.

Firefighters, meanwhile, worked to release the pressure from the cylinders to ensure their safety, an effort that was continuing early this afternoon, Riley said.

Some homes in the general area were evacuated as a precaution, Riley said. About 12:30 p.m., one person was transported from the general area for hospital treatment of an unknown problem, Riley said, but it was unclear if the injury was related to the incident.

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