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U-Haul truck explodes in north valley

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A U-Haul exploded Friday morning, sending clothes and furniture scattering into the street and giving people who live in the area a big scare.

It happened near 51st Avenue and Union Hills. People in that neighborhood not only heard the explosion, they felt it.

Their windows rattled and the walls shook. When they looked outside, they saw a U-Haul truck in flames.

The top half of the U-Haul truck was blown to pieces. Those pieces were scattered all across 51st Ave.

"All of a sudden I felt this explosion," said Irma, a witness. The truck was right in front of her when it exploded.

"There was stuff flying everywhere it was all over the street."

Irma's car was damaged by pieces of flying metal. Police say the driver of the U-Haul was moving to Oregon. He'd loaded up all of his clothes and furniture, including a barbeque grill that had a propane tank still attached. The propane tank exploded as the U-Haul drove down the road.

Pretty much everything in the U-Haul truck was damaged by the explosion. The guy's mattress, now sitting the middle of the street, was burned and ended up a pile of springs.

"Oh we could feel it when it blew up, it felt like a real low sonic boom," says Patty McGee.

The bomb squad was called out to make sure nothing else could cause another explosion. Police say you should always disconnect the propane tank when moving a barbeque grill.

"In the debris was all his family's pictures. I felt really sorry for him. We were over there picking them up, put them in a box and the kids shoes and the computer, looked like everything he owned," says McGee.

No one was hurt in the explosion. The area is now back open to traffic.

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