BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (From Boca Raton Fire Rescue) — On February 24, 2015 at approximately 3:40PM Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services responded to a report of an explosion located in the area of 1531 Palmetto Park Road. Upon the arrival of the first arriving units, Firefighters found that there was Natural Gas was leaking from a high pressure underground gas line and one man was severally injured. The man injured was reported to be one of a 3 person crew hired to repair the underground gas line.
The workers reported that they thought that the gas line had been shut down, but it had not been and the high pressure gas line ruptured during the attempted repair. The victim suffered injuries to his right leg and left hand that required transportation by Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services to Delray Beach Trauma Center. Boca Raton Fire Rescue’s Hazardous Material Team responded and was later joined by Florida Public Utilities works to stop the leak.
Occupants were evacuated during the hour and a half incident from the adjacent office building located at 1499 Palmetto Park Road while occupants of the Mae Volen Senior Center and Hospice by the Sea were sheltered inside of those buildings. The explosion/gas leak is currently under investigation by Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services and Boca Raton Police Department. The area is now safe to the public.