BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two people were hurt, one of them with life-threatening injuries, in a shipping container explosion Wednesday in Anne Arundel County.

It happened about 9 a.m. at a business in the 1500 block of Jabez Run in Millersville, according to details released by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

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Authorities said one of the men had just opened the container when the blast occurred, and the second man suffered minor burns while trying to rescue him.

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When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fire coming from the container. Firefighters quickly put out the flames while paramedics tended to the victims.

Authorities believe the explosion happened accidentally when a piece of heavy equipment ignited gas leaking from a propane tank inside the container.

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The first victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. His status was not immediately clear as of Wednesday afternoon.

CBS Baltimore Staff