Explosions were heard far and wide tonight as the result of a trailer explosion that occurred on I-495 in Hopkinton. The nearby woods were engulfed in flames as the truck came to stop on the side of the road. There wasn’t much left of the trailer from the looks of it.
“I was literally walking feet from it (trees between my road & 495) as it happened. Felt the heat as it exploded. One explosion knocked my dog back,” wrote a Patriots Boulevard resident.
According to Hopkinton Fire Department, the trailer was empty at the time. “The truck was traveling southbound on I-495 and caught fire,” said Deputy Chief Gary Daugherty. “The driver noticed and was able to pull over and safely exit the vehicle.”
The sound of the explosions were likely the tires popping as they ignited, added Daugherty.
A complicating factor is that there are no hydrants at that area of the interstate. The State 911 took the call and dispatched engines from Hopkinton, Westborough, and Upton. Hopedale Fire brought an additional tanker to assist.
The nearby woods caught on fire, but the blaze was quickly extinguished.
* this story was updated 2/21/2023 9:30 AM