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Oil storage tank explosion injures two in US

20 May 2020

Two people were injured by an oil tank explosion in Galveston, Texas on May 19. Local officials said workers had been conducting welding near or on the crude oil storage tank before the explosion happened at the storage terminal on the coast of Texas, southeast of Houston.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The blast happened at the Pelican Island Storage Terminal where tanks can hold up to 2 million gallons of crude oil. A fire was caused by the explosion, but firefighters were able to put the blaze out by using foam cannons before it could spread.

The nearby Texas A&M University issued a shelter-in-place order for those on the campus. The condition of the two injured workers is unknown.

The oil storage terminal is leased by Enjet, LLC. According to its website, Enjet specialises in the worldwide marketing, blending and storage of carbon black feedstock oils, fuel oils and feedstocks.


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