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US vodka distillery explosion blasts worker through wall

28 October 2014

An explosion believed to have been caused by a propane or ethanol leak sparked a fire at the East Bexar County vodka distillery in San Antonio, Texas. Fire crews spent 40 minutes tackling the flames and treating one worker who was sent flying through a wall from the force of the explosion.

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The man did not require hospital treatment and firefighters said he was conscious and speaking when they arrived.

Residents living nearby reported a strong smell near the distillery close to the time of the explosion. Fire investigators and distillery officials said they planned to watch surveillance footage to determine exactly what caused the blast.

Laura Jesse, Bexar County Fire Department spokesperson, told KSAT: “They’re initially thinking that there was just some sort of small spark and that either there was a leak from an ethanol or a propane tank that caused the explosion.”

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