Neighbors in Jackson Twp. hear explosions after gas tanks explode in car trunk

Police say two acetylene tanks in the trunk of a car exploded, causing two cars and a house to catch on fire

Two explosions reported, North Jackson Township

JACKSON TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – An explosion Sunday morning in Jackson Township resulted with one man and one woman being taken to the hospital.

Police say two acetylene tanks in the trunk of a car exploded, causing that car and another car to catch on fire. The fire then spread to a house.

The explosion happened in the 2600 block of Pritchard-Ohltown Road, near North Bailey Road.

Several fire and police departments were called to assist on scene.

Ambulances rushed a man and woman to St. Elizabeth Hospital, one with severe injuries and the other with non-life threatening injuries.

Pritchard-Ohltown Road was closed because of the fire.

Several witnesses and people near-by reported hearing explosions around 8 a.m.

“Heard two monster explosions, they both shook the ground — I mean boom! And then a minute, two minutes later, another one. Just as massive. I knew it wasn’t a gun, that’s for sure,” said Paul Bondy.

A few hours later, only a few miles away, firefighters responded to another fiery incident, this one at a house on Kirk Road. Click here to read more about that fire.

Jackson Township’s fire chief says this is something that only happens once or twice a year.

Firefighters aren’t sure why the gas tanks exploded or how the second fire hours later started, but the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

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