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Lightning Strikes Fuel Tank, Creates 40-Foot Crater in Ohio

Image: Lightning Strikes Fuel Tank, Creates 40-Foot Crater in Ohio
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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 09:46 AM

Lightning struck a 10,000-gallon Ohio fuel tank on Monday, triggering an explosion that left a giant crater in the ground.

According to WLWT, no one was injured by the exploding underground tank, which is owned by a local gas station, however the hole it left behind was 40 feet in diameter and 8 feet deep.

"I came out to watch the thunderstorm and as soon as I walked there, the lightning bolt came crashing down. And I knew it was close. It about blew me off the porch, because it scared me," Roger Tucker, who lives behind Fairfield's Gas Depot, told WKRC-TV.

"Very loud! Like I said, the concussion when I was sitting there, it threw me back and I looked up and saw as soon as it came up there was an instant puff of black smoke that came up and I knew it was close."

"I can tell you in my 45-year career, I have never seen anything like this. Underground storage tanks are put there to reduce the potential for fire," said Fairfield Fire Chief Donald Bennett.

Bennett said that the cleanup effort was already underway, beginning with a simple evacuation of the surrounding area. He said two other nearby fuel tanks were initially thought to be possibly compromised as a result of the explosion, but were likely fine, and were set to be inspected Tuesday.

"We erred on the side of caution. Obviously, the training we have, we talk about what potentially could happen if 30 thousand gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline would go up. It's a fairly large fireball," he said.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state fire marshal, the groundwater consortium, and the city's utility department are all going to be involved in the cleanup, he continued, explaining that they would do extensive groundwater testing to detect any resulting environmental contamination.

Bennett said the tank was not full when it was struck, but did not offer further details on the fuel levels.



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