Early Morning Explosion Related to Truck Fire in Carpinteria

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Update by edhat staff

Carpinteria residents heard an explosion early Tuesday morning that was related to a semi-truck fire.

The California Highway Patrol reported a hazardous chemical spill due to a vehicle fire at 2:34 a.m. at Via Real and Santa Ynez Avenue. Local residents reported evacuations due to hazardous chemicals. 

As hazmat crews investigated the chemical spill, which was later deemed to be non-hazardous, traffic was severely congested in the area this morning due to construction on Highway 101 on and off ramps. 


Reported by edhat readers
3:00 a.m., August 14, 2018
  • About ten minutes ago I heard a huge bang, like an explosion, it shook the whole building I live in and a car alarm went off outside. Saw some search lights shortly after and heard a siren very briefly. I live in the 4500 block of Carpinteria Avenue on the side of the street closer to the freeway.

  • At 2:30am a large DHE truck exploded. Several residents of the area went outside to see what had happened. Police told everyone to go back inside close all windows and doors stay 500 feet away because the truck had chlorine leaking. This is all we know at this time.

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