Westbrook man sets off terror scare after hauling propane tanks behind van

Posted April 03, 2012, at 10:05 a.m.

WINDHAM, Maine — A Maine man is in hot water after setting off a terror scare when he was pulled over carrying more than a dozen propane tanks on a trailer behind his van.

Joshua Prokey of Westbrook was stopped Monday morning on River Road in Windham.

Officials became suspicious and blocked off the road because of the dangerous load and Prokey’s black van with tinted windows. Deputy Fire Chief David Nichols said in this day and age, the first thing that comes to mind is weapons of mass destruction.

A friend told reporters that Prokey was planning to use the 120-gallon tanks for flotation on a homemade pontoon boat.

Police said Prokey was later charged with theft by receiving stolen property when it was determined one of the tanks had been stolen.

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