electricity at fault, says fire marshall
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February 13, 2004
Thomasville Pa.-- The Jackson Township fire marshall said the January
29 explosion that injured two workers at a York County plant that
refurbishes propane tanks for gas grills was caused by two leaking
cylinders and a spark of static electricity.
Fire marshall Bruce Yingling said gas from the leaking tanks built
up in the back of the box trailer loaded the night before the blast.
He said something sparked the fumes as two Aero Energy workers stood
in back of the open trailer.
Yingling believes static electricity rather than a ringing cellular
phone ignited the blast, since static electricity builds up more
often when the air is dry and the temperature is cold. Three propane
cylinders that had been in the trailer were found to be empty, but
Yingling said he believes one of the three was damaged in the explosion
and had not been leaking.
A spokesman for Aero Energy said that
one of the injured workers has returned to work and the other will
return in a few weeks after recovering from a broken wrist.
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