PALM BAY ― Palm Bay Police and Fire Departments are working the scene of an explosion in the area of US 1 and RJ Conlan Boulevard in NE Palm Bay. The explosion occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but Fire Rescue personnel have determined that the explosion originated from an industrial storage area containing 30-40 50-gallon barrels of an isopropyl alcohol-based solution. Hazmat teams are on scene and have confirmed that the materials and resulting plume are non-toxic. One business was evacuated due to the explosion; however, no additional evacuations are required at this time.
Palm Bay Fire Rescue has confirmed that the fire has been extinguished. Due to the industrial area, extra precautions are being taken to prevent hot spots and potential flare ups. Patrick Air Force Base has responded to the scene with their crash truck to assist the effort by spraying the area with a layer of retardant foam.
Palm Bay Police Department has closed US 1 and RJ Conlan Boulevard to traffic. Residents are asked to avoid the immediate area.
A media staging site is available at Southeastern Honda located at 3125 US 1, Palm Bay, Florida 32905.