Posted BY: Daily Mail

An apocalyptic scene has unfolded in Frederick, Maryland where an overturned gas tanker exploded into a massive fireball killing the driver and setting nearby homes and cars alight.

Hazmat teams have responded to the incident along with emergency crews with reports of a ‘burning smell’ filling the area.

Footage filmed by residents, some of whom were seen gawking nearby the huge blaze, shows large plumes of black smoke, ash, and embers billowing from the crash site.

Maryland State Police said the crash took place on Route 15 in Maryland and the driver of the tanker died in the incident. There were no other fatalities or injuries immediately reported.

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The highway was closed between Route 50 and 7th Street, according to a tweet from MDSP.
Frederick’s Division of Fire & Rescue Services (DFRS) personnel were also at the scene ‘of what appears to be a tanker explosion,’ Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor said in a Facebook post.
The mayor is asking residents to avoid the area but footage circulating social media shows residents being drawn into the tragic incident like moths to a flame, some seen standing mere inches from the blaze.
MDSP said in a tweet: ‘Multiple vehicles and homes suffered damage from flames from the fire caused by the overturned tanker.’
The environment department has also been notified of the incident.
The truck reportedly crashed near Apple Road causing at least ‘some of the fuel load to leave the road and spill into storm drains’ Atlas news reported.
Emergency crews seem to be making progress on controlling the fuel fire, but a hazmat cordon is being established to deal with the fuel spill.
Emergency services are on scene and it is not clear what caused the inferno.
At least one other vehicle has been destroyed on I-15 and massive traffic delays are being recorded after both sides of the interstate were closed.
This is a developing story.