Massive explosions rock central Florida gas plant; 8 hospitalized, all workers accounted for

  • Article by: MIKE SCHNEIDER , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 30, 2013 - 4:40 PM

TAVARES, Fla. — After hearing two explosions, maintenance worker Gene Williams looked outside to see a 20-by-20 foot fireball rising above an outdoor storage area at the Blue Rhino propane plant.

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sooofedupJul. 30, 13 9:01 AM

20 gal tanks aren't typically used for "barbecues and other uses". In the photo showing "The parking lot was littered with thousands of blackened 20-gallon propane containers." - those aren't 20 gal tanks either.

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jalinmacJul. 30, 1310:23 AM

They set those tanks on a scale and fill them to 20 POUNDS.

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suzette714Jul. 30, 1311:19 AM

Writer needed to know about gallons vs. pounds.

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davehougJul. 30, 1311:54 AM

IS there a law that to store X amount of explosive stuff (propane, grain dust, rocket fuel)no houses within X distance??? The more stored, the wider the distance. Sounds like there should be. Also not having automatic cooling hoses on those tanks sounds dumb.

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