Propane tank explosions are rare. They are very difficult to puncture and there are safety valves within the tanks that help to prevent explosions. Explosions are caused by a buildup in pressure within the tank that exceeds the capacity of the safety valves. This most often occurs under extreme heat, such as fires. While there are many propane explosions every year, these are frequently due to puddles in basements and factories that leaked out of pipes, rather than tanks.
It is a misconception that they explode on there own. It is actually a difficult task to make one explode. There are many safety devices that are put into place to prevent explosions, accidents, and propane tank ruptures.
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