After a propane tank on the back of a food truck exploded in Philadelphia this week, leaving 12 injured and five critically hurt, Mayor Marty Walsh addressed the safety of Boston’s food trucks.
According to WCVB, in light of this week’s horrific incident, Walsh said city officials are taking food truck safety “very seriously”:
“The food truck explosion in Philadelphia was a shocking and horrific event, and our thoughts are with the injured at this time...every truck in the city is routinely inspected by city officials. I am confident in the safety of food trucks in Boston, and encourage residents and visitors to continue supporting them,” Walsh said.
There are about 60 food trucks in Boston.
Terri Beal of Captain Mardens CodSquad truck told WCVB that their trucks are inspected and cleaned “twice a year.”
According to NBC Philadelphia, Philadelphia police said the La Parrillada Chapina food truck was parked in the city’s Feltonville section around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when the rear left propane tank ignited, sending the metal tank flying 50 feet and shooting flames 200 feet into the air.
The fire engulfed nearby cars and people on the street in flames.
NBC reports that a mother and teenage daughter working inside the truck were “severely burned” and remain hospitalized.Justine Hofherr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her @Jhofherr29