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nightshade00013

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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 6:11:39 PM



VAN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say two people are injured, one critically, after an oil storage tank exploded at a facility in East Texas.

Van Zandt County Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Allen says firefighters began battling the blaze around 3 a.m. Tuesday at the oil storage facility in Van, about 75 miles east of Dallas.

Allen says the two people injured were smoking on top of a storage tank when it exploded. The flames then spread to other tanks.

Both victims are 24 years old. Allen says one is on life support. Both were taken to a Dallas hospital for treatment of their burns.

Three of the facility's six oil storage tanks were destroyed and three others damaged. The blaze was extinguished shortly after 9:30 a.m.

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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:14:09 PM

Definitely in the running for the Darwin Award.
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SolarReplaceGas
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:36:14 AM

Re who smokes on top of an oil storage tank...

Recently I was at a gas station filling up, and there was a man at the next pump island who was sitting in his car with windows rolled down who lit up a cigarette in the car while the woman accompanying him pumped gas. I called out to him from my pump and said it was probably not a good idea to be smoking at a gas station, especially while near the pumps. He replied by telling me it was not a good idea to stick my f*ing nose in his business and then proceeded to discharge a string of non-coherent explicatives.
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:14:32 AM

Let's ban storage tanks and cigarettes. Because this had nothing to do with people's behavior.
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heydano67
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:19:26 AM

What a waste
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millerin
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:03:19 AM

very bad.
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MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 2:01:55 AM

Where are the OSHA requirements?
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StanleyCup
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:57:21 AM

Lack of common sense and not following safety procedures.
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:22:39 AM

smoking on top of an oil tank, you have to wonder
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:07:52 AM

What where they thinking?
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RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:06:39 PM

So sorry to hear about this. Prayers for their recovery and strength to their families.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:04:42 PM

Hoping the best and a speedy recovery for the two victims!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:03:02 PM

I hope both young men recover. However, smoking on top of an oil storage tank has to be incredibly stupid. And a huge loss to the facility. Another reason to raise the price of gasl??
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:28:44 PM

Oups!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:21:58 PM

24 years old? Young and stupid!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:16:31 PM

This is a special kind of stupid!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:08:27 PM

It appears they contributed to the accident
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:31:38 PM

This was an awful accident. I saw it on the news. I can't believe they would take chances by smoking on the tanks.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:10:09 PM

Not smart.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:34:26 PM

Smoking on top of tanks = Darwin Award winners for sure.

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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:19:46 PM

sabotage
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:17:02 PM

speculators
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:13:34 PM

I hope they're alright, one of them are in critical condition, I hope he/she makes through the night.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 7:36:42 PM

Lucky that only 2 were injured, could have been much worse.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 7:25:27 PM

whoa
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 7:18:56 PM

Years ago we had disasters & never affected the price of oil & gas, today, its all about GREED........ when is this ever going to STOP?.........
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SolarReplaceGas
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 7:07:23 PM

I guess this explains why gas prices spiked today in OH - all our supply must come from that one storage tank.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 7:02:45 PM

Another excuse for speculators to use.....

and stupidity is available in abundance!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 6:34:04 PM

probably illegals
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 6:26:07 PM

Don't they have rules against smoking on and around oil tanks? Just dumb!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 6:24:18 PM

Can you believe anyone would be so stupid to smoke on top of an oil tank!
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