It may take 'a while' to find out why food truck exploded, damaging 20 Lakeville homes


Saturday was a cleanup day in a Lakeville neighborhood where a food truck exploded Friday night. Meanwhile, the Star Tribune reports that supporters of the couple who owned the truck are rallying to help them with the loss of their business and suburban home.

The explosion left two people with minor injuries; neither sought medical attention. The blast damaged as many as 20 houses, with debris scattered up and down the 16500 block of Joplin Path. Police responded to reports of a “loud boom” at around 11.30 p.m.

KARE 11 reports the blast was felt up to six miles away in Farmington. Lakeville Mayor Matt Little indicated in a tweet that the cause of the blast may take a while to determine because of the large amount of damage caused by the blast.

Witness Mike Albers took pictures of the aftermath of the blast, which came from the 80s rock music-themed Motley Crews Heavy Metal Grill truck, owned by Marty Richie and his partner Lisa, who are business partners and live together with their family. “The food truck exploded,” Richie told the SunThisWeek newspaper. “It’s all over the house, it’s all over the yard. It’s all over the neighborhood.”

A GoFundMe account was set up Saturday to raise funds for the family. A friend who set up the fundraising page wrote, “The entire truck is gone, vehicles in shambles and their home is in dire need of repairs now,” and adds, “…they lost their business and home in one night.”

By Saturday evening, 68 separate donors had given $4,000.

A comment on the Motley Crews Facebook page early Saturday morning said: “Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. By the grace of God everyone is ok.”

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