Coroner: Force likely killed 3 in Ark. tank blast

May 14, 2009 Full story:

Three men killed when an empty gasoline storage tank exploded in north Arkansas likely died from the impact of the blast, a coroner said Wednesday.

Federal safety officials began their investigation into the blast at the TEPPCO Partners LP facility near Searcy in earnest Wednesday, trying to determine what killed the contract workers from Indiana. Meanwhile, Arkansas officials acknowledged the tank fell outside of any state oversight and last underwent an internal inspection by federal authorities more than a decade ago.

White County Coroner David Powell told The Associated Press that rescuers recovered the workers' bodies outside of the crumpled storage tank after the explosion Tuesday afternoon. Powell said the men's bodies bore no signs of being scorched by flames....

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Dunedin, FL

#1 Jun 1, 2009
These guys should have not been in this tank without a gas free certification or a permit, i wonder if the space was ever sniffed?

Quitman, AR

#2 Aug 12, 2009
Tank had already been cleaned and non flamable gas blown in to remove fumes.
There is s federal Investigations ongoing and they will find out what happened!

Searcy, AR

#3 Oct 12, 2013

Since: Jun 13

That's where I grew up.

#4 Oct 12, 2013
This happened back in 2009..... It's old news.

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