10,000-gallon tank explodes at Pa. plant; 1 dead

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Associated Press

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 2:03 AM

GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank has exploded at a western Pennsylvania industrial park and gone flying across a road, killing a worker who was welding nearby.

Firefighters say the tank spilled 7,500 gallons of fuel and flooded a dike encircling the area. They say the spill has been contained.

The explosion happened Monday at Brownies Oil Co. in the Reynolds Industrial Park in Mercer County. The industrial park is in Greenville, a remote borough of around 6,000 residents 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and near the Ohio line.

Transfer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Phil Steele confirms the man who died worked for the oil company. He tells The Record-Argus newspaper it's unclear what the man was welding when the tank blew up. He says no one else was injured or killed.

Investigators are at the scene.

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