Man in serious condition after losing arm, leg in Lauderhill explosion

A tank explosion at a scrap metal yard in Lauderhill leaves a man in serious condition.

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – An explosion at a scrap metal yard has left a man in serious condition and in the hospital after his arm and leg were blown off in the accident.

Marlo Clarke told Local 10 News that he was just steps away from his friend when the explosion happened. Around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, the two were unloading a truck at Resource Scrap Metal at 1701 Northwest 31st Ave., when his friend knocked an oxygen tank over and it exploded.

Clarke said his friend kept saying " ‘I’m about to die.’ That’s all he kept saying. ‘I’m about to die.’ "

Jeff Levy, the assistant fire chief for Lauderhill Fire Rescue, said that rescue crews were immediately able to identify that it was an isolated incident and that there were no other hazards. EMS rushed to the man and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. He was transported to the hospital and is undergoing surgery.

Family members identified the victim as Don Won. They said he is in very serious condition.

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