Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tanks catch fire after lightning strike

A fire broke out amongst three oil well tanks in Kentucky, US after they were hit by lightning.

The incident happened at around 10pm on 2 July and caused one tank lid to fly off, landing on the nearby US 41-Alternate in Webster County.

No one was injured and a recent tanker truck pick-up meant some oil had been pumped away from the site, reducing the fire hazard. Heavy rain also helped prevent the flames from spreading.

Homes were left without electricity, however, after the explosion damaged some power lines.

The US 41-A was closed for around three hours.

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