A semi carrying 5,000 pounds of empty Bang energy drink cans catches fire on I-75 in Tampa

A semi-trailer carrying 5,000 pounds of new, but empty, Bang energy drink aluminum cans caught fire around 4:30 a.m. following a mechanical issue, closing all southbound lanes near E Fletcher Ave.
Published May 23
Updated May 23

All southbound lanes on Interstate 75 have reopened in Tampa after a semi-trailer caught fire north of E Fletcher Avenue.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi-trailer carrying 5,000 pounds of new, but empty, Bang energy drink aluminum cans — labeled purple guava pear and peach mango — caught fire around 4:30 a.m. following a mechanical issue near the rear tandem axle. The fire then spread throughout the semi.

The driver, 45-year-old Emmen Ahmed of Henrico, Va., was not hurt, troopers said.

The lanes reopened around 8:15 a.m., troopers said.

Contact Carl Lisciandrello at clisciandrello@tampabay.com. Follow @carlmarks_Times

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