No one injured as U-Haul truck explodes in ECA parking lot Tuesday morning

Updated with additional photos. Clarifying it was a truck not a trailer.

A U-Haul truck exploded in the northeast corner of the Edmonds Center for the Arts parking lot late Tuesday morning, causing damage to nearby vchicles parked on the street but no known injuries. Edmonds police and South County Fire crews are on the scene investigating.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is taking the lead in determining what caused the explosion, which occured at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday near 6th Avenue and Glen Street. The explosion rocked the Public Safety Complex building just down the street, and police rushed to the scene, spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure said. Edmonds police detectives and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives representatives are assisting with the investigation.

While no injuries have been reported, some adjacent vehicles — mostly near 6th and Glen — were damaged, he added.

According to McClure, the explosion blew out the truck’s panels in all four directions, and the roof was also blown off. The truck was being used by someone working at the church across the street, who was helping a family member move. It contained private possessions including propane tanks, but the fire marshal doesn’t believe the propane tanks caused the explosion, McClure  added.


  1. Well, here we go! What is the deal with the cardboard U-Haul with duct tape…Doesn’t look like a typical U haul to me. Am I incorrect? This and more… Many questions around here… many answers are coming.

  2. Did anyone notice the cache of shotguns lying on the ground from the photos on Uhaul truck, propane tanks and guns? How is this not raising major red flags?

  3. What’s actually true is that blatant anti-Black racism is freely expressed without accountability or consequence, and that’s a problem.

  4. If I could armchair quarterback the forensics, what an odd set of circumstances. From the few pictures the vehicle seemed to be in good condition before the explosion, as in it looks like a legitimate move.
    Personally if I had to transport a lot of guns I wouldn’t trust it to a U-Haul since they are huge targets for theft. Transporting propane tanks – you got me there. Deplete them at least and turn them in? Early Tuesday morning seems more like a mistake than deliberate attack (near church). Insurance fraud is always a possibility. “No injuries reported” thankfully – could have been much worse.

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