Fayette County

Truck carrying explosives allowed to burn deep in Lexington quarry

Lexington Police and Fire worked at Vulcan Materials Company Central Quarry, 1280 Manchester Street where reports of a truck fire with a potential explosion situation caused many streets around the quarry to be closed. The Lexington Fire Department has determined it will be better to let the truck burn since it is deep underground in the quarry.
Lexington Police and Fire worked at Vulcan Materials Company Central Quarry, 1280 Manchester Street where reports of a truck fire with a potential explosion situation caused many streets around the quarry to be closed. The Lexington Fire Department has determined it will be better to let the truck burn since it is deep underground in the quarry. cbertram@herald-leader.com

A truck carrying explosives caught fire inside a Lexington quarry, but the fire department concluded the equipment could be left to burn since there would not be a major impact if it blew, a fire official said.

Vulcan Materials Company at 1280 Manchester Street reported the truck on fire about 2:10 p.m. The truck was reportedly on the third level of one of the quarries.

Everyone was evacuated safely from the quarry, according to Lexington Fire Department Lt. Jessica Bowman. That area of the quarry has been closed and sealed for safety, she said.

The decision was made by the fire department to let the truck burn, Bowman said. People at ground level are not in danger.

“The truck was so deep that even if it does explode, it would not cause any problems,” she said.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Police briefly shut down several roads near the quarry, including Forbes Road and Old Frankfort Pike.

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