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Fuel tanker explosion sparks huge fire ‘over multiple blocks & buildings’

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TERRIFYING video shows the moment a fuel tanker crashes and explodes in Rockville Center, causing a fireball that lit up the night sky.

The incident happened on Long Island, New York at around 2am local time on Wednesday.

A huge blaze occurred in Rockville Centre after a gas tanker overturned

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A huge blaze occurred in Rockville Centre after a gas tanker overturned
150 firefighters responded to the scene

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150 firefighters responded to the scene

Dramatic pictures show firefighters tackling the flames as plumes of thick black smoke billow into the air.

Firefighters were able to get the fireball tamed “in a relatively short time with very few injuries,” Rockville Centre Fire Chief James Avondet said.

Three of the 150 firefighters who responded to the scene were injured.

The driver of the truck was also injured but survived. The extent of the driver’s injuries remains unknown.

It’s being reported that burning gas has spread over several blocks after the tanker which was carrying around 13,000 gallons of fuel overturned.

Avondet said there was fire “everywhere” when he arrived on the scene.

He said: “It’s one of the worst things I’ve seen in my 47-year career.”

Avondet added that flames were coming out of seven or eight manhole covers, according to NBC4.

“There were about 9,200 gallons (34,825 liters) on the gasoline tanker when it flipped and caught fire,” Nassau County Chief Fire Marshal Michael Uttaro said.

A vacant La-Z-Boy building was destroyed in the blaze. One building nearby was damaged, according to reports.

Roads in the area remained closed this afternoon as crews continued to clear the scene.

Power in the area has been temporarily turned off out of an abundance of caution, but had been restored by the afternoon.

The New Jersey Police Department sent trucks from JFK airport to help tackle the blaze.

One person tweeted: “God bless all the volunteers from our town and those surrounding Rockville Centre answering this call. Praying for the best.”

It’s not known how the tanker overturned. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Rockville Centre is located around 30 miles away from New York City.

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