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Smokers light up at Texas oil storage facility, tanks explode, official say

nbcnews.com -- Two people were critically injured in an explosion and fire Tuesday morning after smoking on a catwalk over oil storage tanks, officials say.

According to Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen, at about 3 a.m. firefighters were called to a fire at an oil storage facility north of Van, Texas, along state Highway 110.

At the facility are at least six 400-barrel fiberglass storage tanks, three of which caught fire and exploded. Multiple fire departments responded to the scene and ultimately decided to let the fire burn itself out.
A short time later, a 24-year-old man with burns to his face, chest and arms, and a 24-year-old woman also critically injured, showed up at the Van Fire Department se


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tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:51:10 PM

Smokers light up at Texas oil storage facility, tanks explode?
DUH! Who would have thought that could happen! Surrounded by open crude oil tanks, possible flammable liquids and gas vapors present And warning signs posted all over the place. What did those cigarettes have inside or is this the relaxing phase after doing it on the catwalk? You don't smoke at a gas station getting fuel, why would you be smoking there?
A nearby person heard them saying, 'I didn't know that was there!'
Nominate these smokers to the Gold Elite Darwin Awards, Texas Group.
Vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
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nskmda
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 10:45:48 AM

stupidity? carelessness?
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Ferdman17
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 6:16:08 AM

Gas and fire don't mix.
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NakedDriver
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 1:37:26 AM

ə i wonder what was in those tanks that could explode. obviously something that had a low vapor pressure.
why anyone would do this is beyond me. complete idiots, i would say. ə
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miteybear
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:38:21 AM

kind of like smoking while pumping gas
sw
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yakstar
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:23:39 AM

doesn't pay to smoke!
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:22:54 AM

story making teh posting rounds - but really, smoking on top of an oil storage tank, you have to wonder ..........................
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:13:31 AM

dumb
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obimerrill
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:09:52 AM

Idiots...what part of Flammable don't they understand!?!?
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:08:28 AM

stooopid

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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:04:59 AM

mo-rons
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ManOfLeisureII
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:04:05 AM

Indeed. The stupid smokers will be rewarded by even more stupid people on some jury.
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:02:29 AM

You can bet some ambulance chasing lawyer will get these dummies a wad of money over this.
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TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:02:04 AM

HEARD THE SAYING DUMB AS DIRT?
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:02:03 AM

Dumb just dumb.
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gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:00:32 AM

Ok, why were they smoking in a area that is posted. Do I really need to say it. Can't fix stupid.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:59:40 PM

stupidity! no other words fit
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:55:13 PM

opps, raise gas prices more....lol
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:54:52 PM

Sad to hear these perps were injured so badly. An accident that should not have happened.

They have so splainin' to do.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:54:42 PM

candidates for darwin awards
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:54:25 PM

simply stupid move, smoking around oil storage...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:53:49 PM

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:51:37 PM

Smoking Kills!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:51:10 PM

NOT THINKING ABOUT THE DANGER WERE THEY!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:47:40 PM

This was not a good decision
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:46:47 PM

There always some who don't know the circustances and make big costly mistakes.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:46:22 PM

how much will this raise gas prices???
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:44:29 PM

can't fix stupid. please tell me these folks were legal in this country
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:43:20 PM

Wow
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:40:41 PM

Really? Crazy!!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:38:25 PM

They should have to pay for all the damages...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:37:19 PM

very much so in contention
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:34:16 PM

I think it is best said: "Stupid is as STUPID does." Have you noticed how really STUPID have gotten over the years? The IQ in jobs and on the road has dropped to the moron level. This story is about the same thing .... STUPID people
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:32:09 PM

There are really some stupid people in this world
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:31:47 PM

Guess that that taught them smoking can kill you.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:29:27 PM

Oops!
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:27:55 PM

Do you really have to have a no-smoking sign at an oil storage site?
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:26:17 PM


These folks were competing for the Darwin Award but they failed. Too bad.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:22:37 PM

Dumb people.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:21:53 PM

These people deserve what they got.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:19:32 PM

Natural selection does work.
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There is some reason for rising gas prices
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:14:02 PM

Knucklehead
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:11:58 PM

Nuts?
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:10:47 PM

had to be fsc cig
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:07:55 PM

What kind of cigarette did they light? Wacky weed?
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:06:34 PM

Common sense lacking.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:05:16 PM

A person must be a little on the ignorant side to smoke in the first place but to smoke around flammable materials is just plain STUPID.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:05:08 PM

Just plain stupidity for ignoring basic safety considerations...
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:04:59 PM

Stupid is as stupid does
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