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Nevada tank farm explosion due to overfilling

13 January 2014

An explosion at an oil plant in early December near Fallon, Nevada, left one employee with serious burn injuries. The Reno Gazette Journal reported State Fire Marshal Peter Mulvihill as saying that one of the hot asphalt tanks was overfilled and overpressurised. The cause for the pressure that led to the explosion is still under investigation, he said.

In all, the tops of three tanks at the Bango Oil Recycling Co. blew off in the incident.
The injured worker had been warming pipes near the tank with an open-flame burner, Mulvihill said, and was splashed by hot asphalt overflowing from the top of the tank.

The refinery was cited for about a dozen Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations between 2007 and 2012. Four of those were serious.

The plant remains closed and is being prepared for reconstruction.

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