No injuries in Mercer County gas well explosion
Two storage tanks at a natural gas well site in Mercer County caught fire and exploded, but no injuries were reported.
More than a dozen fire departments responded to the blaze in rural Jefferson Township at about 8 p.m. Friday.
Hilcorp Energy Company says that the storage tanks holding oil and gas liquids caught fire at the well pad, and the blaze lasted less than an hour. Hilcorp says the well wasn't involved.
Area residents say they heard explosions and that black smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away, but no homes were evacuated. The state Department of Environmental Protection closed a local road to all nonemergency vehicles.
Hilcorp says the cause of the fire is being investigated.
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