Early Morning Pressure Rupture Forces Heartland Petroleum Evacuation


UPDATED: Monday November 12, 2012 1:37 PM

Emergency crews evacuated Heartland Petroleum after a pressure rupture was reported Monday morning.

According to authorities, crews first received a report of an explosion, but later determined that a piece of equipment had a pressure rupture. Crews were on the scene, located at 4001 E. Fifth Ave., around 5:45 a.m.

Investigators said that an employee was transferring vapors to a storage area when the rupture occurred.

Officials said that Heartland Petroleum suffered a power outage that allowed pressure to build in the tank, leading to the rupture. A hazardous materials crew was called to the scene, but not needed.

Crews contained the situation by 6:30 a.m. There were no reports of injuries.

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