A propane tank exploded Sunday morning at the North Transfer Station in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, shattering the windows of at least one vehicle and prompting people from Eastlake to Wallingford to call 911, saying the explosion shook their houses.
The explosion happened around 8:25 a.m. Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore said workers at the station were using a backhoe to pack down recycled metal in a recyling bin. They didn’t know there was a propane tank in the bin, which should not have been recycled. When the backhoe crushed the tank, it exploded.
“It sent debris everywhere,” Moore said, but no one was hurt. The backhoe driver was in a glass protective cage, and other workers were far away. There was nothing in the bin to catch fire, but the explosion sent up a big plume of dust.
Propane tanks should not be thrown away in the garbage or recycled. They can be traded in at a licensed dealer or disposed of at a hazardous waste site in King County.