Explosion at VA Hospital construction site rocks Aurora neighborhood

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AURORA, Colo. -- An explosion was reported early Tuesday morning at the VA Hospital construction site in Aurora.

Aurora Fire confirmed just after midnight that a 1,000-pound propane tank exploded at the construction site, which is just off I-225 and just north of East Colfax Avenue on Fitzsimons Parkway. The ensuing fireball could be seen for miles, and it reportedly jolted a neighborhood close by.

“If you were anywhere near it at least a quarter of a mile around here, you could probably feel it and see it,” Aurora Police spokesperson Michael McClelland said.

The overnight security guard Jenn Burke told our Chris Jose that she was some 30 to 40 feet away from the explosion.

“There was a big fireball in the air and it sounded like it was raining,” Burke said. “But it was just debris that was coming down.”

But thankfully, Aurora Fire crews confirmed that the fire burned out on its own without causing any major damage or injuries. Crews said they did drop water on a second propane tank in the area to keep it from exploding, as well.

Police said the propane tanks are used to heat the building that construction crews are working on. The cause was still under investigation Tuesday morning.

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4 comments

  • Betel Eli Guese

    I live on 28th and Zion just on the other side of the highway. Shook my house last night. Woke up my dog and scared me pretty good. I thought something fell on our roof. Dog was even scared to go outside and check out what happened. Thought I was crazy till I called 911 and they said “loud noise 5-10 min ago? your not crazy”.

    • Robert Gift

      ^ You don’t call 9-1-1 asking for information. You look up the non-emergency number and call them if you must.

      Was the security guard smoking and provided the source of ignition?
      Glad she was not hurt.

  • Ann Pirie

    Why do people call 911 to visit. That is an emergency number that should only be used for emergencies. The calls are voluminous enough with emergencies without the added unnecessary informational calls. Please be respectful to those in need of real help. You will “look” a whole lot smarter, too.

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