PALM BAY — Police shut down a section of U.S. 1 in central Florida due to fires from an explosion on Tuesday morning.
Palm Bay police said in a Twitter post that officers were checking out reports of an explosion. They posted photos of smoke plumes coming from an industrial area.
Florida Today reported that several large explosions were heard around 10:30 a.m. Smoke dissipated within about 30 minutes, but a shelter-in-place order was given for Palm Bay High School, and other nearby schools.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.
The explosion “originated from an industrial storage area containing 30-40 50-gallon barrels of an isopropyl alcohol-based solution,” Palm Bay spokeswoman Keely Leggett told the newspaper.
No injuries have been reported and crews are investigating, officials said.
Police have asked residents to avoid the area.
Palm Bay is in Brevard County, south of Melbourne.