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Clark County Fire On Scene Of Explosion, Fire Near Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One person was hospitalized with burns after an explosion at a hot air balloon site near the Las Vegas Strip.

The Clark County Fire Department said in a preliminary statement that it was called to the scene of an industrial area about a half mile east of Las Vegas Boulevard at 9:05 a.m. Tuesday.

Two propane tanks exploded at the site for hot air balloons, with flames spreading to two trailers.

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Crews worked to secure the nearby area and protect two larger propane tanks and possible ammunition at the facility.

Road closures in the area were lifted around noon.

Natalie is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has worked in the Las Vegas market since August 1996, starting as a newscast producer for KLAS-TV Channel 8, and later as an online editor for