Oil tank explodes in Louisiana

As many as 35 homes were evacuated near Baton Rouge, Louisiana after an oil tank explosion.

As many as 35 homes were evacuated near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after an oil tank explosion. According to The Associated Press, the explosion occurred late May 2, and no injuries had been reported by the following morning.

Mark Harrell, director of the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said one of two oil holding tanks just outside Denham Springs ruptured and caught fire. While the second oil tank did not explode, it was bulging from the heat of the fire.

The cause of the tank's rupture is unknown but the fire was contained to a 200-square-foot area. Residents who were evacuated will be allowed to return home after the fire is out and danger has subsided. Until then, workers at the scene were continuing to work to control the fire and extinguish it.

Visit PennEnergy's research area to learn more about the oil and gas production outlook and forecast in Louisiana.

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