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DOT truck explodes on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City: FDNY

A DOT truck caught fire and exploded on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

July 5, 2023 By Bill Parry

An explosion stunned lunchtime crowds along Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City Wednesday afternoon.

A truck from the city’s Department of Transportation was parked on Vernon near 47th Road when it caught fire and exploded just after 1 p.m. on July 5. The four DOT employees who were working on pothole repairs in the Long Island City area parked their truck and went to a nearby restaurant for lunch. They noticed the vehicle smoking and it eventually caught fire before ultimately exploding, causing the evacuation of several stores and restaurants along the corridor.

None of the four DOT employees were injured in the blast.

“Safety of our employees and others is a top priority and we will investigate today’s truck fire,” a DOT spokesman said.

While the DOT workers were unharmed, two civilians suffered minor injuries but refused medical attention from EMS at the scene, according to the FDNY.

There were no injuries to firefighters who responded and brought the fire under control a short while later.

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rd. st. dr. ave.

Also noteable — two folks I know called 911 and were put on hold or couldn’t get through.

Guy Fawkes

EXCELLENT! About time someone declared war on the DOT for all of the stupid things they have done over the past four years to make life a living hell for drivers! I hope this is the first of many vigilante attacks on DOT property.


It was Vernon Boulevard and 47th Road not 47th Avenue. It was a bight orange fire that engulfed the front of yhe truck. Lots of dark smoke, but it might have only been a tire that exploded even though it was very loud


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