VIRGINIA BEACH-Several people in the Kempsville area of Va. Beach emailed or posted on the WVEC13 Facebook page about hearing an explosion around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.
What they heard, authorities say, was the sound of acetylene tanks exploding and setting fire to a pick-up truck.
Christi Turner said, "It really scared the heck out of us!!"
Fire crews responded to the 300 block of Gainsborough Road in the Carolanne Farms neighborhood, off Princess Anne Road, just after 7:00 a.m.
Battalion Chief Jack Crandall says the truck, which belonged to a contractor, was carrying the tanks and there was apparently a leak. When the owner used his remote opener to get into the vehicle and that sparked an explosion and the truck rolled into the street, Crandall noted.
"It shook the walls and knocked down every picture in the house," said next-door neighbor Craig Mckown. "You could really feel it."
Debris from the truck was scattered across the road and two yards. The hood of the truck was lodged 30 feet up in a tree and someone climbed up, shook the branches and the hood fell to the ground.
Lauren Hayes posted on Facebook, "It was a massive explosion! Sent the windshield a street over."
Michele Grissett added, "We heard it in Greenbrier, it set my 4 dogs off!!"
Chief Crandell said there were no reports of injuries.
The road was closed for the investigation and reopened around 11:30 a.m.