Propane Explosion at Landscaping Company in Laytonsville

Via MCFRS Battalion Chief Jason Blake.

Three people were injured Tuesday morning after an explosion and collapse at a commercial site in Laytonsville, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) officials said.

MCFRS responded to 23601 Laytonsville Road shortly before 8 a.m. Ruppert Landscape is headquartered and manages its corporate office at the location.

One person was rescued from the building, said Battalion Chief Jason Blake. That victim was flown out via helicopter with traumatic injuries, Fire and Rescue Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said.

Piringer said a propane explosion occurred and the structure sustained heavy damage. There was no fire following the explosion/collapse.

The MCFRS Technical Rescue Team stabilized the structure. Laytonsville Road from Hipsley Mill Road to Griffith Road was closed following the incident, Montgomery County Police said. Blake said the scene was stabilizing and the incident was scaling down around 9:30 a.m.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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