Explosion At East Granby Business Heard As Far As Simsbury: EGFD

April 3, 2024 0 By JohnValbyNation

EAST GRANBY, CT — A tire exploded on a large payloader at an East Granby asphalt paving contractor early Wednesday morning, causing a loud noise which could be heard as far as Simsbury and resulting in the machine and other equipment catching fire, according to a fire official.

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Fire marshal Kenneth Beliveau said residents began reporting hearing the blast on social media around 3 a.m. The East Granby Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire at Galasso Materials at 60 South Main Street at 5:04 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a large payloader burning with extension to other equipment. The complex is located well off the road, so a tanker was requested from the Lost Acres Fire Department, as well as engines from the Air Guard and Suffield fire department, Beliveau said.

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The East Granby fire marshal’s office, assisted by the Simsbury fire marshal’s office and the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosive Investigation Unit is doing an origin and cause investigation to establish a possible cause for the fire. The investigation is ongoing, Beliveau said.

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