LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Investigators are looking into a reported explosion at UPS Freight in Lexington.
Photo: Lexington Fire Department
Fire investigators say the source of the explosion was from an area where a truck and trailer were carrying acetylene tanks. Investigators did not say whether the tanks exploded.
Police have units on Athens Boonesboro at Blue Sky Pkwy due to an explosion reported in the area. Traffic is flowing, but slow down and use caution.— lexwrecks (@lexwrecks) May 30, 2018
Investigators confirm two people were transported to the hospital with burns and head trauma, but both were alert when transported. Others were taken in for observation.
"I feel we're extremely lucky" - @lexkyfire @lexkypolice @ATFHQ are investigating explosion at @UPS maintenance facility. 8 people were taken to the hospital; 2 w/ injuries (burns, concussions), 6 for observation. Truck & trailer carrying acetylene tanks believe to be the source pic.twitter.com/uu6BjJHPFH— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) May 30, 2018
The blast shook several nearby businesses. People in the Chilesburg and Andover neighborhoods reported hearing a loud explosion as well.
Investigators believe the cause of the explosion was accidental, but what triggered the explosion remains under investigation.
Crews are also checking the building's structural integrity. They are asking the public to stay away from the scene, as investigators will be there for hours making sure the area is safe.
An aerial shot from this mornings building explosion. pic.twitter.com/7r5CX8rhYw— Lexington KY Fire (@LexKYFire) May 30, 2018
Most businesses are operating back to normal. A gate entry into UPS Freight remains closed, but the business is operating once again following the explosion.
UPS released a statement Wednesday afternoon following the explosion.
"UPS can confirm an explosion at the Lexington UPS Freight facility. Two employees have been taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Initial reports indicate the cause may have been a gas leak from materials contained in a trailer. UPS is working with local authorities and cannot provide additional detail while there is an ongoing investigation."