About two million gallons of home heating oil have been removed from a bulk fuel tank that apparently was struck by lightning last week, but it is unknown whether the tank can be reused.
A state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman said Monday that the tank at the Gulf Oil facility in Hampden Township, Cumberland County must be cleaned and inspected, a process that could take 4-6 months.
DEP will monitor the progress, she said.
Lightning apparently struck the tank at the facility, in the 5100 block of Simpson Ferry Road, as thunderstorms were moving through the area Friday afternoon.
No fuel leaked from the tank and no injuries were reported, but the incident forced about 300 residents in the immediate area to evacuate their homes for about three hours.