APEX — The fuel tanks on three pavement-marking trucks exploded on Saturday afternoon in a parking lot on the outskirts of downtown after one of them caught fire.
No one was injured, but an indoor sports center packed with children and others, Dreamsports, was evacuated because of drifting smoke. Three other nearby businesses were instructed to close and shelter in place.
The cause has not yet been determined, according to Stacie Galloway, the town’s communications director.
The fire began about 1:30 p.m. at Clark Pavement Marking on Investment Boulevard. Three trucks exploded, releasing 100 to 150 gallons of diesel fuel onto the parking lot.
The Apex Fire Department did a control release of the tank on a fourth truck. In all, five trucks were damaged.
Emergency officials remained on the scene Saturday afternoon monitoring the cleanup, but said the scene was under control.
As of 3:30 p.m., Dreamsports had reopened.