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After U.S. explosion, Toronto says city food trucks follow strict standards

Tamara Chaikin serves up local food at Localista food truck in downtown Toronto, May 16, 2014.

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In the wake of a nearly-fatal food truck explosion in the United States, authorities in Toronto are assuring the public that street-food trucks are subject to strict safety standards.

A mother and daughter in Philadelphia suffered severe burns Tuesday when the propane tanks on their truck exploded in a fireball. Eleven others were sent to hospital.

Police say a "significant" propane tank leak created a vapour cloud that was ignited by cooking grills.

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Officials in Toronto say there are 206 food trucks in the city and almost all of them use propane.

They say Toronto bylaws stipulate an operator with a propane heater must have an approved certificate to get a licence for the vehicle.

The certificate has to state the vehicle meets requirements for propane storage, handling and utilization.

Earlier this year, a committee approved regulations that could double food-truck operations in the city.

With files from The Associated Press

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