Vendor burned when food truck explodes at Vero Beach Seafood Festival

2022-05-14 22:35:06 By : Ms. Alice chen

VERO BEACH — A 53-year-old Port St. Lucie woman was severely injured when her food truck exploded at the Vero Beach Seafood Festival on Saturday morning, police said. 

The incident happened on the second day of the three-day festival at Riverside Park, south of the Barber Bridge. Police spokesman Master Officer Darrell Rivers said there was a strong smell of propane coming from the vendor's truck before the explosion. She was inside when it happened, he said. 

A rescue helicopter crew flew the woman to the burn center at Orlando Regional Medical Center, police said. 

Indian River County Fire Rescue and the State Fire Marshall's Office are conducting an investigation into the cause of the explosion. 

The festival will continue as scheduled Sunday, police said.

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Lamaur Stancil is the Treasure Coast regional economy reporter covering business and industries, including retail, tourism and hospitality. Contact him at 321-987-7179 or and follow him at Lamaur Stancil on Facebook and @TCPalmLStancil on Twitter.