Cars explode at Gypsum junkyard |

Cars explode at Gypsum junkyard

Matt Zalaznick

Five cars blew up in a Gypsum junkyard Friday afternoon, causing a series of explosions heard in nearby neighborhoods.

The blasts occurred at around 3:30 p.m. in a salvage yard along Spring Creek Road when a group of people were either trying to jump dead batteries or remove car parts with an acetylene torch, Gypsum Fire Chief Dave Vroman said.

“We got a report of one car burning and when we got there we had five burning in the salvage yard,” Vroman said.

Firefighters found a stack of old car batteries, jumper cables and an acetylene torch in the junkyard, he said.

The explosions likely came from tires or shock absorbers blowing up or air bags deploying, not gas tanks, Vroman said.

No one was injured, he said.

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