Food cart explosion rocks downtown

No one was injured in what appears to be a combustible gas explosion

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An explosion in the early hours of Sunday rocked an entire city block in downtown Portland, destroying a food cart that shattered windows and scattered debris across a wide swath.

Multiple calls about the explosion at the food cart pod near SW 5th Avenue and Harvey Milk Street were reported around 3:40 a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue said. Emergency crews scoured the area looking for anyone who might have been hurt by the blast, but no injuries were reported.

Nicholas owns the food cart destroyed by an explosion in downtown Portland, August 28, 2022 (KOIN)

Food cart owner Nicholas told KOIN 6 News he woke up to calls from the FBI. This explosion, he says, is a major setback for his business.

“I mean, it’s my baby. I work myself 7 days a week. It’s my life, it’s my income,” he said.

Witnesses said anyone near the food cart’s pod would have heard or felt the explosion. Patrick Nofield was staying at a nearby hotel when the explosion happened.

“I heard a large explosion, or popping. I didn’t know what it was,” Nofield told KOIN 6 News. “So I called The Nines reception and said, ‘Was that an earthquake? “And they said, ‘No, we don’t know what it was.’

Investigators from the PPB’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit swept the area for possible explosive devices, but found none. On Sunday afternoon, PFR said it found no indication at this time that this incident was a device and is being investigated as a combustible gas explosion consistent with something like propane. .

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Scene of a food cart explosion in downtown Portland on Sunday, August 28, 2022 (KOIN)

Police are asking anyone with information about the explosion to contact the Portland Police Bureau at [email protected]