Explosions at construction site were accidental, official says

April 19, 1996

Propane tank explosions at the Oklahoma Road Middle School construction site in Sykesville were accidental, caused when a construction worker burning trash left the fire unattended, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office said yesterday.

The fire spread, igniting wooden pallets that caused two 100-pound propane cylinders to explode and two more to vent, said Deputy Chief Bob Thomas.

A window at the school was broken during the fire and about $2,000 worth of roofing material stored near the tanks was destroyed, he said.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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