Lightning Blamed for Marquez Explosion

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

It wasn't a bird or a plane seen flying through the sky in Leon County Wednesday. It was a salt water tank.

Photos taken by a Jewitt Paramedic on the scene capture the moment of explosion that sent a huge storage tank sailing through the air.

Authorities believe a lightning strike may be to blame for the blast and subsequent fire that took place about two miles west of Marquez on Highway 7. Intense flames and thick smoke forced the closure of the highway. But once the crude oil inside the tank burned off, the blaze was extinguished.

No one was injured.

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