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Storage tank explodes

Published: Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


A condensate storage tank, which catches oil-and-gas vapor, exploded Sunday, prompting the Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency to respond.

According to The (Canton) Repository, the explosion occurred at 8704 Knox-School Road in Columbiana County six miles east of Minerva.

The paper quoted Sandy Creek Joint Fire District Chief Aaron Stoller as saying the explosion blew the lid off the tank “about 400-500 feet into the yard of a nearby residence.” No one was hurt in the explosion.

Members of Stark County HAZMAT, Atlas Gas, which owned the tank, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were contacted. Responders were to be on site to assess the cause of the fire and gauge any environmental impacts.

Charlie Dixon, safety and workforce training administrator at the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program, said at least two first-responders at the scene were trained to deal with such an incident.

OOGEEP trains emergency-management crews at its Wayne County Regional Fire School with various props, including a condensate tank that is lit on fire. Dixon spoke with responders, who told him the fire was put out within five minutes using a foam designed to extinguish flammable liquids.

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