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An empty oil storage tank in Weld County over-pressurized Monday night, blowing its lid. It likely caused a boom heard around Lochbuie.

Residents of the area were roused by the loud noise, with some people calling 911 to report it about the same time the storage tank blew its top.

On Wednesday, Ward Petroleum Corporation of Fort Collins filed an “accident report” with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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The report said Ward Petroleum about noon Tuesday “confirmed at a newly commissioned oil and gas production site that a malfunction of a production vessel led to an over-pressurization of a new and empty … storage tank, which resulted in the lid of the tank being compromised.”

The malfunction happened bout 9 p.m. Monday, the same time area residents were alarmed by the boom.

There were no injuries, no hydrocarbon spills or releases, no environmental issues or offsite property damage caused by the incident, the report said.

“The wells at the site will be closed in until equipment repairs have been made and a more thorough review of the incident has been completed,” the report said.

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Source : http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/22/weld-county-boom-caused-by-oil-tank-lid/

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