Man killed after oxygen tank explosion on Knox Street in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police and firefighters are investigating an oxygen tank explosion that killed one person in the Six Corners neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi told 22News that a man was handling an oxygen tank that ruptured, sparked and then exploded, killing him. This happened right outside the Knox Mini Market and Deli at the intersection of Foster and Knox Streets Tuesday morning. 

Neighbors told 22News they heard a loud “boom” from blocks away. Our 22News crew saw a car right near the body that had extensive damage to the back end of it. Pieces of the vehicle were scattered across the street and the back bumper was completely blown off. Parts of the car looked charred.

Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News police received a report of a tank explosion near the around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday morning.

MAP: Knox Street in Springfield

Springfield police have part of Dexter Street blocked off as well as a portion of Foster Street. 

The Springfield Police Detective Bureau, Springfield Fire Arson and Bomb Squad and the State Fire Marshal Office are currently investigating the incident.

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