No injuries: Police, fire department respond to explosion at recycling center
By Kelby Newcomb
The Berryville police and fire departments responded to an explosion Thursday morning at the Tenenbaum Recycling Group (TRG) facility in Berryville.
Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos said TRG employees were loading scrap metal onto a semi trailer to haul it off-site.
“They were picking up crushed cars with the crane and crushing them down to make more room,” he said. “Something in one of the vehicles exploded. We’re not sure if a propane tank was left in one, but something was leaking and all the metal set off a spark.”
Bartos said the explosion caused a lot of dark smoke to fill the air.
“Some of the vehicles had rubber tires, so that added to the smoke when those burned,” he said.
He said the Berryville Fire Department responded and sprayed the trailer down with water as the scrap metal was unloaded.
Emergency medial responders were on the scene, Bartos said, but there were no injuries.
“They were there as a precaution,” he said, “because initially we were told that a semi might have blown up.”
He said the explosion and fire caused no property damage.
“There was no property damage that I’m aware of,” Bartos said. “I’m not sure if the trailer was damaged during the incident.”