Extraordinary video has been released showing a devastating truck explosion that killed a young man as he moved house in Melbourne.
The blast on a Footscray street was caused by a simple mistake with a barbecue gas bottle.
Anthony Carnivale, 24, was driving the Avis rental truck alone, excited to be moving house.
But an accidental time bomb in the back of the truck was ticking down to zero.
Confronting footage of the moment the van exploded has been released by the coroner, showing a street becoming a scene of utter devastation.
The coroner concluded that the explosion in December 2013 was caused by three LPG tanks being transported with his BBQ.
The driver had no idea their valves were partly open.
Experts suspect batteries likely sparked the blast, which were so powerful it shattered windows in nearby apartments.
Debris struck power lines and shrapnel flew into windscreens.
“LPG is an extremely dangerous fuel,” Energy Safe Victoria’s Paul Fearon said.
Bystander Russell Bannister was the first to the wreckage, but had not seen the footage until now.
“It makes me realise how quickly we can go,” he said. “He would never have seen that coming.”
Mr Fearon said the event was “tragic and terrifying,” but also avoidable.
A safety valve will now be introduced in LPG tanks to stop gas accidentally escaping, but the change won’t happen in time for summer barbecues this year.
It is likely safety valves will become mandatory in 2020, but there are more than 10 million LPG cylinders in Australia and the transition could take up to a decade.
Experts warn drivers not to transport tanks in the car’s cabin, but to use the boot instead.
“A lot of people have got SUVs so you’ve got no boot,” Melbourne Fire Brigade commander Frank Besanko said.
“My recommendation would be to open your windows, don’t have your family in your car, just in case.”
Anthony Carnivale’s mother posted on Facebook: “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you, my son. You were an absolute gem and you’ll be forever missed.”
“I guess it takes a disaster for change to happen,” Mr Besanko said.
“It’s a change that should have happened sooner.”