A storage facility owned by Vess Oil Corporation burst into flames earlier this week, summoning emergency responders to put out the sudden blaze. There were reports of flames reaching as high as 50 feet in the air and visible from three to four miles from the explosion site.
The explosion of multiple propane tanks sounded like an array of bombs going off that lasted for almost 30 minutes according to residents near a Blue Rhino plant earlier this week. There were more than 53,000 20-pound propane tanks at the plant at the time of the explosion; the propane storage tanks at that location could hold up to 90,000 pounds of propane each.
As many as 26 workers were on duty when a Blue Rhino propane tank plant erupted into a series of explosions last night. Seven were taken to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment following the Central Florida gas blast; one person was in critical condition. All workers have been accounted for following the explosions.
UPDATE: As many as 73 people have been injured and one person was killed in the plant blast at Williams Olefins, according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.