A 39-year-old auto shop worker was killed Wednesday morning in Knoxville, Md., when a farm tractor tire he was inflating exploded, according to a Maryland State Police spokesman.
Brian Alan Snoots was pronounced dead at the scene by Frederick County Emergency Medical Services personnel, state police said.
Snoots was inflating the industrial tire with an air hose at Brunswick Auto Repair on Souder Road when the tire exploded and struck him, said Detective Sgt. Wayne Wachsmuth of the Frederick County state police barrack.
There were other workers in the shop and they called for help when the tire exploded, Wachsmuth said.
Wachsmuth said no one else was hurt.
Although Wachsmuth said it was the first time he had witnessed such an accident, he said it is an “odd thing that does happen.”
Wachsmuth said Snoots’ death appears to be accidental and there is nothing to indicate there was anything malicious about the incident.
Representatives from the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Department and a forensics investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner were called to the scene, state police said.
Souder Road runs between Burkittsville Road and Point of Rocks Road on the northern end of Knoxville.
Editor's note: This story was edited Feb. 21, 2013, to correct the spelling of Brian Snoots' last name.