A potential explosion was prevented Saturday, Aug. 8 near Plain City, as a 12,000-gallon tank of propane sprung a significant leak.
Emergency crews responded to a property near the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and Converse-Huff Road in Plain City after a call about 6 p.m.
A driver accidentally backed a trailer into the tank and punctured it, causing a large leak.
“(It was) quite the incident to handle,” said Lt. Scott Cantrell of the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District.
Cantrell was on duty the night of the incident. He said the tank was about 65 to 70 percent full when the trailer hit it.
The area was evacuated.
Cantrell said the cloud that rose from the leaking propane drifted mainly into an unoccupied field, which helped the situation significantly.
“The cloud, the way it was carrying in the field, made things easier for us,” he said.
The emergency crews were able to shut off some valves in the tank to control the leak.
Mutual aid was provided by fire departments from Jerome Township, Washington Township, Norwich Township, Prairie Township, Marysville, Union County, Allen Township, Central Township and Jefferson Township.
Cantrell said the crews performed well in a dangerous situation.
“The crews did a great job,” he said.
Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.
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