Springfield tank explosion in Massachusetts 'leaves one man dead'

AN oxygen tank explosion in Massachusetts has tragically killed a man, reports say.

The unnamed victim died in Springfield on Tuesday when the canister ruptured, triggering the fatal blast, according to local media.

Several agencies are now investigating the fatal incident as emergency services and cops flocked to the scene in the Six Corners neighborhood.

Speaking to WWLP, Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi confirmed a man was handling an oxygen tank when it fatally sparked and exploded.

The victim died from his injuries and his body was recovered from the scene.

He was killed outside the Knox Mini Market and Deli at the intersection of Foster and Knox Streets.

Neighbors reportedly heard a terrifying “boom” blocks away.

Reporters there supposedly witnessed a car near the body, which had sustained extensive damage in the blast.

Parts of the charred vehicle were scattered all over the street, while bumper was completely blown off, according to WWLP.

Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh said cops received the call at around 10:50am.

The SPD Detective Bureau, Springfield Fire Department, the Arson & Bomb Squad, and the State Fire Marshal office are now investigating what caused it.

The victim's name and age has yet to be confirmed.

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