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Lightning strikes fuel tank in Hampden Township

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CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) -

 Crews are back on the scene of a lightning strike on the bulk fuel tanks in Hampden Township, Cumberland County.

Over the next couple days hundreds of tanker trucks will be draining over 2 million gallons of fuel from the damaged tank.

On Friday, lightning struck the facility, in the 5100 block of Simpson Ferry Road, at around 5:30 p.m. as thunderstorms were moving through the area Friday afternoon.

John Breutsch, Cumberland County's public information officer, said one of the tanks was damaged by the lightning.

The 2-million gallon tank partially collapsed at the top, and officials are worried about its structural integrity. The tank contains home heating oil.

Several fire departments could be seen hosing down the tanks in an attempt to keep them cool.

Officials are not aware of any leaks.

Simpson Ferry Road was closed from Wesley Drive to Shiremanstown, it has since reopened.

About 300 residents in the immediate area were evacuated, and were given the okay to return to their homes around 9pm.

No leaks were reported from the tank, and no one was injured.

 

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