Lightning hits oil tank in Berlin Center

Officials with Dorman Production believe that a lightning strike was to blame for an explosion at an oil tank in Berlin Center.

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Lightning hit an oil tank in Berlin Center Friday afternoon, knocking the lid right off of it.

No one was injured from the explosion, but multiple fire crews responded to the scene.

Crews with Dorfman Production were also there  checking the tank for leaks. They also explained why the lid blew off.

“The gas is trapped on top of the oil, just a little bit amount of it was enough when the lightning hit it. It had nowhere to go but up, so it blew the top of the tank off. It probably blew it, I’d say 30 yards,” said Wade Caufield.

Crews said surprisingly they did not find any oil on the ground.

In the meantime, the well is shut down, and there are plans to bring in a new one.

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