- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A battery exploded Tuesday morning at a D.C. public works facility off New York Avenue NE, sending four adults to the hospital, according to the D.C. Fire Department.

The explosion occurred at about 9 a.m. in the warehouse facility, east of Blandensburg Road NE and along the service road to New York Avenue NE, a major inbound-and-outbound road for commuters off Interstate-95. The victims have non life-threatening injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, department spokesman Pete Piringer said.

Mr. Piringer said a 24-volt truck battery exploded and all 25 employees in the building, in the 2800 block of New York Avenue, have been located. Motorist slowing to check out the incident cause significant in-bound traffic delays.