Two hurt in explosion, fire at Clinton propane operation

  • Source: WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh
  • Published: 07/06/2018 02:26 PM

Two workers were injured Friday afternoon in an explosion and fire at a Clinton propane cylinder manufacturing and filling plant, authorities said. Nine fire departments responded to the fire at Rapid Xchange Clinton, at 6280 Hobbton Highway, which was reported at about 2 p.m. Susan Holder, assistant manager for Sampson County, said firefighters arrived to find a large fire in the tank storage yard with multiple 20-pound propane cylinders exploding in the area. The fire charred a portion of a nearby farm field and some adjoining woods. Firefighters were on the scene for more than three hours to control the spread of the flames and keep two 30,000-gallon propane tanks cool. In addition to the two tanks, roughly 25,000 20-pound propane cylinders posed an explosion danger, Holder said.


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