LEMOORE, Calif. (KSEE) – The California town of Lemoore declared a state of emergency following a fatal water tank explosion that was filmed on Monday afternoon.
When the city’s 1.5 million gallon water tank ruptured, the massive storage container soared into the air, then collapsed on impact, leaving the site out. service.
City officials released new footage on Tuesday evening that captured the moment the tank exploded, injuring a city worker and killing a contactor.
âAs a contractor began to weld, an explosion ensued, the tank separated from the ground, rose about 70 feet vertically before a tsunami occurred causing damage. important at the Well 7 site, âsaid Nathan Olson, City Manager of Lemoore.
Olson says the injured town worker is now out of the hospital and resting with his family. The contractor who was killed has been identified as Dion Jones, 41.
âMr. Jones is married with three children. He worked for Filanc for 16 years as a union carpenter,â Olson said.
Until the site is repaired, residents are urged to conserve water by not watering their lawns or using hoses to spray concrete or cars. Temperatures in Lemoore are expected to hover around 110 degrees over the weekend.
Resident Jamie Paich said he had previously noticed low water pressure in his home.
âIt was just a little low but still on, still clear,â Paich said.
Firefighters also felt the impact of the low pressure as they battled a five-acre grass fire on Tuesday afternoon near the blast site.
âThey use tactics where they don’t use a lot of water. We have our bulldozer coming in to put a line around it so we don’t have to use so much water to surround it, âKings County Fire Battalion Chief Sal Gutierrez said.
The city says the water is safe to drink despite low pressure and possible discoloration, but it is possible that a boil water advisory will be issued in the coming days if things change.
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