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Explosion Rocks Melville

By CHRIS SABELLA, Senior Correspondent | March 24, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 032521100

MELVILLE, NY - On Tuesday afternoon, March 24th, a loud explosion and reports of a large column of smoke on Spagnoli Road was being called into 9-1-1 as a plane crash. The first unit on scene was quick to advise that it was not a plane, but a 15,000-gallon tank of liquid asphalt that had exploded. The explosion caught a nearby truck on fire and was endangering other tanks to also explode. Melville firefighters were joined by several other departments, and after containing the fire with sand and water, they were able to switch to tower ladder operations until all fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported.

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