An SUV accident promoted the evacuation of homes in a Garland, Texas neighborhood. In the early morning hours of November 8, there was a two-car accident involving an SUV that resulted in the SUV leaving the road and striking a propane gas tank.
Propane, also known as LP gas, is a flammable, pressurized gas, which can explode when it comes into contact with a source of ignition. In July, there was a massive explosion at a propane cylinder plant in Tavares which leveled the facility and critically injured several workers. There have been many other serious propane explosions and fires in Texas and elsewhere. Accordingly, residents in Garland were evacuated from their homes after the car impacted a propane tank. Approximately 10 homes needed to be evacuated.
Fortunately, the propane tank did not have a lot of gas in it at the time of the incident, but nevertheless, the Plano Fire Department reported that evacuations were necessary while the tank was secured. Indeed, Garland Police PIO Joe Harn says officers evacuated homes within a half-mile radius of the leak.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. The Plano Health Department inspected the tank.