An oxygen tank exploded at a dive centre in Olympia, Washington last week, blasting debris as far as 50 yards and blowing a large hole out of the back of the store. Amazingly however, no one was injured.
Firefighters were informed of the explosion at Capital Divers at approximately 12:40 p.m. and raced to the building at 1621 Harrison Avenue to find damage to the building and debris scattered 150 feet in all directions.
Firefighters were reported to have said that the debris was large enough to cause serious injury to anyone who was hit; luckily, the shop’s owner was the only one in the building at the time and he escaped unharmed.
Investigators continue to look into what caused the explosion. Damage caused by the blast is estimated to be anything between $20,000-$40,000.
Photo: Steve Bloom