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VIDEO: Tank Explosion at Tulsa Asphalt Rock Quarry Injures 2 Firefighters

Wed October 14 2015 10:01 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=75714
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A firefighter with the Limestone Fire Protection District had a camera mounted to his helmet that captured the moment a tank exploded at Tulsa Asphalt Monday. Video courtesy of Capt. Don Boyle

Limestone Fire Protection District firefighters responded about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to a fire to the Tulsa Asphalt plant at the Anchor Tulsa Rock Quarry on 66th Street North near 145th East Avenue. The fire involved seven tanks. Three tanks contained oil, three tanks contained burner fuel and one tank contained diesel fuel.

Firefighters were dousing the fuel tanks to attempt to cool them and prevent the expansion of gas inside when a pressure valve failed. Helmetcam video shows the sudden venting of gas at the top of the tank, then an explosion occurs. A reporter for KJRH2HD, Joe Henke and photographer Gary Griggs captured the explosion from a safe distance across the street.

The explosion caused the end of the tank to blow off and upward. When tanks fail, they frequently fail as this tank failed — blowing the end off the main part of the tank.

Three firefighters suffered apparently minor injuries during the blast. Two firefighters from Limestone Fire Protection District were injured and one firefighter from the Oklahoma Air National Guard was injured.

Also, an Oklahoma Air National Guard ARFF truck was damaged, including a broken windshield.






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