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1/6/06- Smith County

Oil Tank Explosion

Two oil storage tanks exploded early Friday morning. 

It happened near FM 850 and CR 3197 in Smith County.  Three East Texas volunteer fire departments responded. The Texas Forest Service was also called.

Officials say a product called asphaltic oil was being heated in the tanks. A malfunction in the heater safety shut-off caused the oil to over- heat, triggering the explosion. 

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a small area. No injuries or any additional damage were reported.

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