Fire near Las Vegas Strip at hot air balloon business

Las Vegas — Propane tanks exploded on the ground at a hot air balloon ride business near the Las Vegas Strip, leaving a 35-year-old man hospitalized with burns to his arm and leg.

A spokesman for Vegas Balloon Rides said Tuesday morning that a pilot was refueling balloon tanks when the blast occurred. Jeff Chatterton says on-site refueling is routine and the company isn’t sure which tanks sparked the fire.

The company’s balloon rides launch off-site every day at dawn.

Riders typically don’t visit its business south of the Rio casino-hotel, across Interstate-15 from the Las Vegas Strip.

Clark County Fire crews responded to the blast shortly after 9 a.m. and had it under control before 11 a.m. preventing the fire from spreading to nearby structures and propane tanks.