Benson View Road residents were startled by loud bangs when propane tanks exploded in a burning stolen pickup truck early Sunday, May 15. (File photo)

Benson View Road residents were startled by loud bangs when propane tanks exploded in a burning stolen pickup truck early Sunday, May 15. (File photo)

Exploding propane tanks in burning stolen truck startle Nanaimo residents

Pickup stolen from Nanaimo Airport parking lot found fully ablaze on Benson View Road

Exploding propane tanks in a stolen pickup truck made for a noisy night in Nanaimo’s East Wellington area yesterday.

Police were called to the Witchcraft Lake Regional Trail parking lot on Benson View Road about about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15, after reports from neighbours.

“Residents in the area heard what they thought was a vehicle collision and saw a vehicle driving by and they reported it,” said reserve Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “[Officers] attended to find a stolen Ford F-350 fully ablaze.”

O’Brien said the pickup was unoccupied, was a total loss, and had been stolen from the Nanaimo Airport parking lot in Cassidy on Thursday, May 12.

“It was stolen from the airport and their CCTV cameras showed the suspects arriving in a stolen vehicle and then stealing … the Ford F-350,” O’Brien said.

He said the “significant explosions nearby residents heard” were propane tanks in the truck that exploded.

Police are continuing their investigation into the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file #2022-16229.

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