3 Hurt as Explosion Launches Canister in Pasadena

Pedestrians unharmed when blast rips through Pasadena

Three workers were hurt when a compressed gas explosion ripped through a Pasadena business district Monday afternoon.

A linen truck, which ran on compressed natural gas, blew up near the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and California Boulevard. One worker was listed in critical, another in serious and a third suffered minor injuries in the blast.

A compressed gas canister rocketed at least 150 feet in the air and landed on the sidewalk along Fair Oaks Avenue. No Pedestrians were hurt.

Firefighters described the gas canister as a missile, since it launched into the air with such force.

Pasadena authorities closed several streets in the area and were conducting an investigation.

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