Lightning blamed for Kansas oil tank fire

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 7.27.33 PM(AP) — Authorities in northeast Kansas are blaming a lightning strike for an explosion and fires at an oil tank farm.

No injuries were reported when three 8,500-gallon crude oil tanks were struck around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in northern Leavenworth County.

Emergency management officials say two of the tanks exploded. One went airborne and landed about 200 yards away. The top of a third tank was blown off, and most of the oil inside burned.

Flames were visible from five miles away. Firefighters allowed the oil in the tanks to burn itself out, along with a 1,000-gallon propane tank that also ignited.

The company that owns the tank farm was cleaning up about 2,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled onto the ground.


  • country

    I like how they use Gallons. To make it sound really bad. 8,500 gals is 200 BBL Tank Same as you see on Most leases around here. 2,000 gals is 47 BBL. Most Likely still in the Fire Wall around the Tank Battery and can be mostly cleaned up easily. Knowing the area the oil there is like road Tar so basically scoop it up with a loader and spread it on the lease road which is Okay with the KCC. Can’t have it on the ground around the Tank Battery but can Spread it on the Lease Road and it is not a problem.