A Bango oil explosion is currently being examined by local authorities after one worker was seriously hurt in a blast this week, with over 58% of his body being burned in the fiery detonation. The incident occurred at the Bango Oil Recycling Plant, located not far from Fallon, Nevada, MyNews4.com shares this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
The Bango oil explosion left the employee hit by the blast with critical injuries and widespread burns. According to the emergency medical Interim Senior Manager on site’s statement:
"We received one patient in the back of our ambulance that experienced burns to approximately 58% of his body. At the time he was covered from head to toe in hot oil and asphalt with second and third degree burns."
Although the exact cause that led to the devastating explosion is still being looked into as part of an official investigation, the blast is known to have occurred just after 9 a.m. According to Ben Trotter, the local Nevada county Sheriff, a weed burned may have contributed to the sudden detonation.
"The information I had coming back from people on the scene was that someone was using a weed burner to thaw some pipes and the explosion may be intiated from there." He was quick to add, "Obviously the Fire Marshall is going to have to make the real and final determination on what exactly happened."
The well-known oil recycling plant in the area, aside from being the recent site of the Bango oil explosion, can be seen near Highway 50. Following the blast, witnesses said that a long, dark column of smoke began rising into the sky above the facility. Although there were initial fears of a second explosion, emergency crews still promptly arrived to the scene and were able to rescue the one worker who suffered serious burns to over 58% of his body with little time lost.
Local residents within a full mile were notified of the Bango blast, but no official evacuation orders were made. Fortunately, fire department teams were swiftly able to subdue the smoke and fire that threatened the oil plant. The Sheriff thanked both volunteer fire fighters and others who came to help put out the flames.
"They have some nice trucks that push the water farther than ours do." He added, "We can't thank them enough. They are really good neighbors to have.