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Trash truck fire propels compressed natural gas tanks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -

The Indianapolis Fire Department says a trash truck fire caused five compressed natural gas tanks to explode and travel nearby, producing damaging debris.

Cap. Rita Reith (ryt) said the predawn explosions Monday sent one of the fuel tanks flying a quarter mile into the front yard of a middle school on the city's north side. She says two other tanks travelled 600 yards each, landing in parking lots.

Reith says the one firefighter was struck in the head by debris, knocking him into bushes but causing no injury. Damage included broken windows at three businesses.

Reith says the truck had just picked up trash from a hardware store when the driver noticed the rear of the vehicle on fire. Nearby power lines prevented him from dumping its trash load.

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