ANNAPOLIS -- A muffled explosion near an underground fuel tank at an Exxon station on Defense Highway near U.S. 50 yesterday evening caused several customers and employees of a nearby toy store to be evacuated, said an Anne Arundel County fire official.
Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells said the driver of a tanker truck was about to fill underground tanks with gasoline at Chesapeake Exxon shortly after 8 p.m. when a muffled explosion occurred.
The incident, said Chief Sheckells, resulted in a flame about three feet long erupting into the air. The force blew a metal cover plate several feet. No injuries were reported.