Gas mixed with diesel fuel in tank explosion

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NORWAY, S.C. – Orangeburg County deputies say gasoline was mixed with diesel fuel in a tank that exploded earlier this month, killing two men.

Sheriff Larry Williams told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that investigators are trying to figure out how the much more volatile gasoline got into the diesel tank.

The explosion happened Monday as three people tried to fill a logging truck with fuel at a Norway home.

Authorities say the men were using a homemade fuel pump system powered by jumper cables connected to the truck's batteries when one of them opened the tank's cap. The survivor told investigators he saw a blue flame shoot up and the tank exploded.

Sheriff Williams says deputies may never know how much gasoline was mixed with the diesel fuel.

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justus4
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justus4 04/25/09 - 02:46 pm
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Humm.. jumper cables with
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Humm.. jumper cables with gasoline? A idiot joke gone bad.

fht610
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fht610 04/25/09 - 04:08 pm
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Darwin Award winners......

Darwin Award winners......

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 04/25/09 - 10:18 pm
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You'd never know if there was

You'd never know if there was an explosion around here, there's too much booming going on to sort an explosion out from all the racket.

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patriciathomas 04/25/09 - 11:44 pm
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Definitely Darwin Award

Definitely Darwin Award nominees. I recall seeing an old tractor, 40 years ago, that started on gasoline and once it was warmed up, a manual switch was thrown to operate it on diesel. It had a one gallon gasoline tank mounted on the firewall with a petcock cutoff. I wonder if these geniuses didn't know about the separate tank concept?

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