TFD Responds to Propane Explosion Near Home

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

The Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a house fire call caused by a propane explosion. TFD received the call at around 10:05 this morning (Feb. 8). A construction worker was taking out a pool from the backyard of a home on 1805 Ivan Drive when the excavator the worker was using ran over a propane tank. The tank exploded, causing damage to the backyard shed. The home was not damaged.

It took TFD less than an hour to put out the flames.

The construction worker walked away with minor injuries, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Eyewitness News has a reporter on the scene, and we will bring you details as they become available.

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  • by Hank Hill Location: Carrabelle on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    Dear Concerned Citizen, I think you may watch too much TV. The scenario was more likely what is called a Flash Fire Not an explosion! The CNG tanks being installed are manufactured to the stricktest of industry standars and would take more than any collision to explode one. I bet you didn't know your Plastic Gasoline tank on your Auto is far more likely to rupture and explode in a collision as Gasoline limits of Flamability are easier to acheive than CNG or LP-Gas (propane). Television and the Movies are our worst enemy, Improper Media reporting is a close second!
  • by yoman Location: tally on Feb 8, 2011 at 02:41 PM
    the tank stuck out of the ground 18 inches and was made aware of it he was just careless i guess
  • by concerned citizen Location: tallahassee on Feb 8, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    this is what scares me. they are putting these type of presurized tanks on the leon county buses now. All its going to take is one to get in an accident and blow up. They just recieved a green award for doing it. They are taking chances with precious cargo...hope its worth it in the end.
  • by Lurn to Spel on Feb 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    They may just be scared for life.
  • by charlie Location: tallahassee on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    The home owner knew or should have known the tank was there and let the workers know. these tanks have to be filled so the location is not a secret. lucky no one was killed or scared for life.
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