Local food truck owner reacts to propane tank explosion

Local food truck owner reacts to propane tank explosion

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A food truck in Philadelphia exploded Tuesday night, injuring thirteen people.

Police said a significant propane tank leak mixed with the heat from the food truck's grill caused the explosion.

This incident raised concerns about Jonesboro's growing food truck industry. Daniyal Partovi, the owner of the new Gyros food truck on Main Street, said he will take every safety measure possible to ensure this does not happen to his business.

Partovi said he and his employees will prepare the food inside the trailer but the propane tank will stay outside. He built a gate for the tank Wednesday to make sure the public cannot access it.

Partovi said he will also check the tank for leaks every day and make sure it is never overfilled.

"Gas expands," Partovi said. "That's another problem. After hours, you want to make sure you have a lock on the valve so no one can get to it, open it, leave it on. Any spark can set that on fire. Those are the steps we take to ensure that the public is safe and we're safe."

Partovi said with all of these precautions, he does not expect his business to ever experience anything similar to the explosion in Philly.

The Gyros food truck will have its grand opening Saturday July 5 at 11 a.m.

For the next month, the truck will be open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Partovi said the schedule is then subject to change based on how business is.

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