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Propane Explosion Sparks Construction Fire in Clarksburg

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services units were called to the Clarksburg Road overpass at I-270 this afternoon after a propane tank exploded and set fire to construction on the bridge.

At about 1:06 pm, police, and fire units, including District Five Police Commander Capt. David Gillespie, raced to the construction site, which is located in the on-ramp loop to I-270 off Clarksburg Road after it was reported that an explosion set the bridge over I-270 on fire.

Fire officials are unsure how the fire started to spark the explosion in the first place.

Capt. Gillespie spoke to Germantown Pulse at the scene to say that while there was some damage to the new construction the incident was not nearly as bad as it first seemed and MCFRS were able to extinguish the fire quickly before further damage could be done.

The fire itself was contained to the wooden building materials of the bridge construction, and there was no damage to the actual overpass.

Montgomery Police did close the overpass and fire units from Frederick County, and Maryland State Police closed some southbound lanes of I-270 while firefighters and members of the County’s Hazardous Materials Unit extinguished the flames. The roads were opened shortly after firefighters finished the work. No injuries were reported.


Top: Montgomery County Fire Rescue personnel extinguishing hot spots in the construction area near the Clarksburg Road overpass for I-270. The burned wooden materials and propane tank can be seen in the middle of the construction site.

Next: Police and fire/rescue units closed the overpass for a few hours while they worked to put out the fire.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.