Explosion damages food carts, shatters windows in downtown Portland

PF&R: Blast being investigated as ‘fuel gas explosion’
Published: Aug. 28, 2022 at 8:15 AM PDT
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - An explosion being investigated as related to gas rocked a block in downtown Portland in the early morning on Sunday.

According to a statement, Portland Police and Portland Fire responded to an explosion at the food cart pod located near the intersection of Southwest 5th Avenue and Southwest Harvey Milk Street around 3:40 a.m.

The explosion shattered a large number of windows in the surrounding block. Responding officers couldn’t find any injured people.

Portland Fire & Rescue said in a statement, “there is no indication this incident was a device and it is being investigated as a fuel gas explosion consistent with something like propane.” PF&R has not officially released a cause.

Shayla Nice and Leslie Osborne live in an apartment building next to the explosion.

“There was a little rumbling on the floor, and then you hear the explosion, and then you hear the windows break,” Nice said.

Portland Police were sweeping the area for explosive devices and the area was expected to remain closed until further notice.

Both Nice and Osborne said you could feel the shock wave of the blast.

“We had seen a big light flash down the road and our whole body shook like that,” Osborne said.

Richard Thombs also lives in the same building next to the explosion with his dog, Mouse. Though the blast rattled both him and Mouse Sunday morning, he’s happy no one got hurt.

“We’re lucky only one of those went down,” Thombs said. “It could have easily been two or three of those carts go up for as close as they are. So, yeah, I think we’re pretty lucky.”

Anyone with information about the explosion is asked to contact PF&R arson investigator Jason Andersen at (503) 823-FIRE.