June 2010 Vol. 237 No. 6

Projects

Lightning Strikes Gasoline Tank, Starts Fire

A Colonial Pipeline tank containing gasoline caught fire early on June 13 after it was apparently struck by lightning. The Greensboro, NC Fire Department deployed a reported 150 firefighters who worked for six hours to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries and no evacuations were required, fire officials said, but Interstate 40, which runs alongside the tank farm, and other area highways were closed until about 8 AM June 13. Colonial safely shut down its operations and pumped gasoline out of the involved tank to help the firefighting effort. Emergency response crews prevented the flames from spreading to other tanks on the tank farm. Greensboro firefighters, who used foam

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