Inspections keep Food Truck Friday safe

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis fire marshal is on a mission to make sure food trucks are safe in St. Louis after a food truck exploded in Philadelphia.

A marshal's staff member went to talk to vendors at Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park. He checked to make sure their propane tanks didn't have leaks and were safe. He also came to tell them the fire marshal's responsibilities changed this year. Inspectors now only do propane inspections.

The city's building department took over the rest of the marshal's inspections after an ordinance change this year.

"The bureau of prevention did a lot of research because you had the issue of oversight and regulation and put together a policy. As we were implementing that policy, there was a change in the ordinance it redistributed that oversight from the fire department," said Capt. Garon Mosby, a spokesperson for the fire department.

The organizer of the biggest food truck event in Tower Grove Park, Allyson Mace said she thoroughly vets all food trucks at the event. The regulations are so stringent, not all trucks get a spot.

Shelly McMahon got a spot at Food Truck Fridays. She spends 14 hours a day maintaining her truck, and keeping her inspections up-to-date.

"We're small business owners, we work hard," she said.

She knows how important safety is. She saw the Philadelphia explosion.

Mosby told us there are many other departments in cities across the country that do not regulate food trucks because they fall into an unclassified category.

The organizer of food Truck Friday says she's doing even more inspections at her already highly regulated event. They start on Monday.

Up to 5,000 people can show up at Food Truck Fridays.


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