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fuel tank eyed in blast

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 16:08 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A leak from a fuel tank might be the reason a barge exploded in Michgan City.

Two of the three people injured were still in the hospital yesterday.

Harbormaster Tim Frame was among the injured Port Authority employees.

They were on the 24 foot vessel when an explosion happened Friday afternoon.

According to investigators its possible some fuel or vapers escaped from the

fuel tank.

And....somehow a spark was generated that caused the blast.

No official cause has yet been determined.

Another possibility is a bare electrical wire being the source of ignition.

Officials say the blast happened when the electronics were turned on so they

could radio for the Franklin St bridge to go up...so they could safely pass underneath it.
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