Lightning strike causes oil tank explosion - - Jackson, MS

Lightning strike causes oil tank explosion

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AMITE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An explosion rocked the town of Liberty during storms Saturday. 

Amite County Civil Defense Coordinator Grant McCurley tells us that lightning struck an old crude oil storage tank causing it to ignite.

It happened at Bridger Logistics at Highways 24 and 48 around 6:15 p.m.

 McCurley says one of four oil tanks inside a containment wall caught fire.

The blaze was extinguished with foam.

 Several fire departments, the Amite County Sheriff's Department and Liberty Police, as well as MDEQ and MEMA responded to the scene.

Officials say the nearest home to explosion was about 1,500 yards away.

No evacuations were ordered, and no injuries were reported.

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