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Posted July 2, 2007 EST

Crane Truck Explodes After Catching Fire
Australia - A large industrial crane truck exploded in Melbourne's north on Monday morning with debris knocking over the brick fence of a nearby house. Police say the crane truck was travelling west along Bell Street, Preston, when the driver saw smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle just after 7am (AEST).

He pulled the truck to the side of the road, by which time the truck was on fire causing the petrol tank and a spare tyre to explode.

Debris from the explosion knocked down a brick fence, shattered some house windows and knocked a fire hydrant out of the ground.

Written by The Age