The Douglas police and Douglas fire units worked a large-scale hazmat incident Tuesday morning.
It was originally reported that the incident started with a two-vehicle wreck near 9th and Pan American. The Cochise Cochise County Sheriff's Office said that one the vehicles crashed into an 18,000-gallon propane tank, causing a gas leak and injuries to the motorists inside the vehicle.
After further investigation, Douglas Police learned that a commercial dump truck struck a guide wire causing damage to valves on the tank which then caused it to leak.
The tank was ten percent full at the time. As of now, two percent is still spewing out.
Two people sustained minor injuries.
CCSO assisted Douglas police and Douglas fire at the scene.
All structures within a half-mile radius --including 19 businesses -- were evacuated. Schools were released shortly after noon.
As of 4:30 p.m. evacuation orders were lifted.
- Propane tank rupture leads to evacuations
- Nixon gets big progressive endorsement as NY Democrats face rupture
- Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies tank
- Crypto slowdown tanks AMD stock
- Survivor of propane explosion: 'I'm pretty darn lucky'
- Trump touts economy as market tanks
- Bed Bath & Beyond tanks on gloomy outlook
- High School hosts "Shark Tank" event
- Florence prompts mandatory evacuations
- U.K. car sales slump as Brexit empties the tank