Pop, pop, pop! Explosions as paint truck catches fire near Flemington Circle
RARITAN TOWNSHIP — Fire and hazardous material crews put out a fire in a tractor trailer that was full of paints and other hazardous materials on Saturday, with cleanup extending into Sunday.
William Rashak posted video of the truck moments after it was stopped by police on Route 202 south of the Flemington Circle, in front of the closed Philly Pretzel Factory, around 4:45 p.m.
The materials inside the truck were household hazardous materials such as paint, paint thinner, flammable liquids, pool chemicals, pesticides and aerosol cans collected in Greene County, NY just south of Albany, according to Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Hajna.
Hajna said the material was properly packed by MXI Environmental Services of Langhorne, PA to transported to Abingdon, VA.
11.000 gallons of fire water was vacuumed out of a storm drain by a company hired by MXI. Hajna said the drain was clogged and the water did not have any offsite impact. A contractor hired by MXI will perform additional cleanup and repair of the storm drain.
The burnt material was offloaded by MXI onto a new trailer for disposal.
Black smoke was coming from tractor, which became fully engulfed by fire, according to Rashak's description of his video on YouTube. Several explosions could be seen and heard coming from the truck.
.Route 202 was closed in both directions approaching the Flemington Circle for most of the evening. The northbound side was reopened by Sunday morning and traffic was allowed to head south by Sunday afternoon.
The Raritan Township Office of Emergency Management said there were no injuries related to the incident.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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