Space heater, propane leak cause of Jan. 13 food truck explosion

A photo of the damage caused by an explosion that destroyed a food trailer belonging to Krazy Kids Kettle Korn on Jan. 13. (Krazy Kids Kettle Korn/Facebook)

An explosion that destroyed a kettle corn trailer on Boxelder Road last week has been ruled an accident and the investigation is concluded, Campbell County Fire Marshall Eric Acton said Tuesday.

The fire investigation has revealed that the explosion, which blew apart the Krazy Kid Kettle Korn trailer parked between E Z Too Auto Wash and Creative Beverages on Jan. 13, was caused by a propane leak that was ignited when an electric space heater turned on, Acton said Jan. 18.

The resulting explosion carried enough force to hurl one of the trailer doors into another trailer that was parked nearby, resulting in minor damage to the second trailer, and started a small fire in a grassy area nearby, per Acton.

Campbell County Fire Department (CCFD) personnel responded to the scene shortly before 3:30 p.m. and put out a couple of small fires caused by the explosion, according to a Jan. 14 department press release.

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No injuries were reported because of the blast, Acton continued, adding that with the investigation concluded and the cause ruled an accident, no further action will be taken.

On their Facebook page, the business stated that they were grateful that no one was injured and extended their gratitude to well-wishers and those who stopped to help them clean up.

“We will continue business as usual and we (will) be able to fulfill all our current orders,” the post said. “Thanks so much Gillette for all the love.”