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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Deadly Oil and Gas Well Site Explosion in Bolivar

UPDATED:  Only one person died in the explosion yesterday, contrary to some early reports.  Update from the Repository:
Witnesses had initially reported seeing two workers at the well site, leading to speculation that the blast may have claimed a second
victim.
“However, one was later located and confirmed to have left that well site prior to the explosion to check on other wells,” said Sheriff’s Detective Capt. Orvis Campbell.
Original story (7/16/12 at 1:36 PM):

From the Canton Repository:
Authorities are now saying that two people died after a explosion at an oil- and gas-well site at about 9:34 a.m. today.
The first death was confirmed by local firefighters soon after the explosion. Lawrence Township Zoning Inspector Bill Huth confirmed the second death to The Times-Reporter at about 12:50 p.m. today.
Huth said the workers who died were painting at the well site.
The explosion occurred about two miles south of Bolivar in the vicinity of Bolivar Group Home, 10071 State Route 212. That is also near Kingwood Drive NE and Huffman Square NE in Wilkshire Hills subdivision.
The explosion sent flames at least 50 feet into the air.
Dr. James Hubert, Tuscarawas County Coroner, said the deaths appear accidental but his investigation is continuing. Cathy Clarke, coroner’s investigator, also was on scene.
Hubert said the identity of the victims won’t be released until after family members are notified. Huth said, however, that some family members had already begun arriving at the scene.
Nathan Mutschelknaus of Dover, an employee of the group home owned and operated by Horizons Inc., was an eye-witness to the explosion.
Read the rest of that article here.

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