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Oil tanks explode in the Bakken

At around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, three oil storage tanks exploded outside Killdeer, North Dakota. Although the blast occurred five miles outside the city, residents reported feeling the blast, according to The Bismarck Tribune.

Dunn County Emergency Manager Denise Brew says that the cause of the blast and resulting fire has yet to be determined. An official from the North Dakota Department of Health reported a similar incident occurring at a different tank on Friday night. The events are speculated to be related to the recent rise in temperature.

Marathon Oil, the operator of the well site, reported that nobody was on location when the tanks exploded. As reported by The Tribune, Brew said, “[The blast] did blow the tops off of the three tanks. It was pretty powerful.” KX News reports that a man that lives near the site was walking out to feed his cattle at the time of the incident and was knocked to the ground by the blast.

The West Dunn County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department and Killdeer police responded to the incident. Crews were called back to the scene at around 5 p.m. the same day after an oil heater-treater reignited. The resulting fire has since been extinguished.

In related news, Explosion razes waste disposal facility near Alexander.

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