The season's first major winter storm caused a deadly, slow-motion, 67-car pileup near Baltimore over the weekend.
The National Transportation Safety Board's hazardous material team said in a statement "Initial indicators are that the materials were packaged properly."
"In my 35 years of racing, I've never experienced anything like that," said Cope. "It blew up in my face."
At least 34 people are dead and 136 injured in the three explosions, but as of this writing, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Toyota's factory in Tianjin, China is closed until at least August 19 due to evacuations in the area related to the massive explosion there last week. Other automakers are also feeling the effects.
Volkswagen lost thousands of cars and crossovers in the explosion that rocked the Chinese city of Tianjin yesterday, including over 1,000 Touaregs.
A Washington woman barely escaped with her life after a can of de-icer exploded an engulfed her and her car in flames.
Police in New Jersey saved a woman's life last week when they dragged her unconscious body from her burning wrecked car moments before it exploded.
A burning tanker truck closed a stretch of Interstate 94 near the border between Detroit and the suburb of Dearborn.
A police dashcam in New Jersey captured the explosion of a home under renovation because of a gas leak. Fifteen people were harmed in the blast.
An explosion in Mexico City has caused at least seven deaths and 54 injuries, four of which were children, after a truck carrying natural gas sprung a leak while refilling empty tanks at a maternity hospital. Many more a presumed trapped in the rubble.
A garbage truck fueled by carbon fiber tanks full of compressed natural gas exploded in Indianapolis, IN, after a fire started in the back of the vehicle. The cylinders were reportedly thrown up to a quarter-mile away, damaging five nearby businesses. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.
Between Las Vegas and the emirates of the Persian Gulf, we're sure there are Rolls-Royces to be found in the desert all the time. And we don't doubt that, given those locations, one gets torched every so often. There'd probably even be someone in a tuxedo or evening gown running for cover when it happens, too. The thing is that we're seldom if ever there to watch it go down, much less capture it in stunning high-definition, frame-by-frame video when it does.
General Motors China has extended its "deepest sympathy" to families of the 75 killed and 185 injured in Saturday's explosion at the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products' factory, near Shanghai. Kunshan Zhongrong polishes aluminum wheels for GM vehicles, is a component supplier of Dicastal, a major aluminum parts manufacturer, according to Just Auto.
An explosion at an auto parts plant owned by Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co. near Shanghai has killed at least 68 people, with 187 more injured. The blast has been traced back to errant sparks in a wheel-hub polishing workshop that apparently ignited dust. There were a total of 264 people working at the plant at the time of the explosion.