Tractor trailer explosion temporarily closes Florida Walmart

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — A tractor trailer explosion early Friday morning temporarily shuttered a Florida Walmart on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

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A Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stationed at a Walmart in Brooksville heard an explosion around 5 a.m. and called for backup from the fire department, WFLA reported.

Sharing a short video of the fire scene at Walmart on Cortez Boulevard.

Posted by Hernando County Sheriff's Office on Friday, November 27, 2020

Investigators said a tractor trailer parked near two others on the rear west side of the store was fully engulfed in flames. The deputy ran to the vehicles to ensure no one was inside them and removed one person from a tractor trailer that was not on fire. Because the flaming tractor trailer was so close to the building, deputies evacuated the store.

Walmart - Cortez Boulevard

Posted by Hernando County Sheriff's Office on Friday, November 27, 2020

The flames eventually spread to the other two tractor trailers. By 7:30 a.m. the fire was extinguished. By 8 a.m. the store was reopened.

No one was injured. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the explosion.

Deputies and Firefighters on Scene of Fire at Walmart on Cortez Boulevard Just after 5 a.m., a Hernando County...

Posted by Hernando County Sheriff's Office on Friday, November 27, 2020


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