MENTOR, Ohio-- Incredible surveillance video, seen First on FOX 8, shows a forklift, with a man behind the wheel, going up in flames. (Watch the video above.)
"The explosion engulfs the whole area," Richard Wilson of Matrix Tool and Machine, a business across the street, said.
Officials tell us the man was transporting machinery to Burton Industries in Mentor at 8:45, Thursday morning.
He made a right-hand turn into the driveway of the company; that’s when witnesses said a propane tank fell off the vehicle and the forklift rolls over the tank.
Seconds later, there’s a fiery explosion. The driver quickly walks away and you can see white smoke coming from his body.
Chris Burton of Burton Industries talks about how he reacted to the explosion. “Jumped right out of my seat– the noise, the explosion. What did it sound like? A bomb. It was very loud and we knew something was wrong. We didn’t know what,” Burton said.
"It does not appear they were secured or tightened. It didn't look like they were, and it looked as if maybe one bounced off when he came into the driveway. He drove over it and it blew up,"
Burton said he ran outside with a fire extinguisher and saw the driver was already safe.
"When I saw it was a propane tank underneath the forks, I just took off running," Burton said.
The man, who is in his 60s, was treated at MetroHealth Medical Center for burns to his face and hands, then released a few hours later.
"He jumps right out of the tow motor and walks away with a little smoke," Wilson said.
The victim’s wife told FOX 8 News said her husband is resting comfortably at home, and they are thankful that he is not more seriously injured.
Mentor fire and police, along with OSHA, are investigating.