Melville fire: Tanker filled with chemicals EXPLODES and covers New York facility with plume of black smoke

A FIRE is raging at a New York asphalt plant after a tanker filled with chemicals exploded on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened just before 1pm at a sand and gravel plant in Melville, Long Island, just west of Route 10, officials said.

Multiple emergency service departments have responded to the scene along Spagnoli Road.

A tanker truck carrying approximately 15,000 gallons of asphalt caught fire and exploded, officials said.

The explosion sent had thick plume of black smoke billowing into the area which can reportedly be seen for miles, according to local media.

No injuries have yet been reported but officials remain on scene, battling the blaze.

The property ablaze is listed as an address for both the 110 Sand Company and Rason Asphalt.

It's currently unclear what started the fire, however the flames are said to be currently threatening two nearby tanks.

Local authorities have been contacted for more information.

More to follow…

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