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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Propane Tank Explodes inside a Pick-Up Truck NR13469rh

Los Angeles:  LAPD Major Crimes Division Criminal Conspiracy Section and the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Investigators are investigating an explosion that occurred inside a pick-up truck with a 22-year-old male inside.

On October 22, 2013, around 8 p.m., a 22-year-old male was seated inside of a pick-up truck parked behind the 11300 block of Miranda Street when a propane tank that was stored inside of the truck exploded.

The 22-year-old male received moderate burns to his arms, face and respiratory trauma.  He was attempting to use propane for recreational purposes.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded, treated and released the 22-year-old.

The propane tank was not defective and investigators determined that this was an isolated explosion incident.

Criminal Conspiracy Section detectives and Arson Investigation Section investigators are still continuing their investigation and this explosion is being classified as accidental in nature.

For further information please contact Los Angeles Police department Major Crimes Division, Criminal Conspiracy Section detectives at (213) 486-7260.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.