Driver steals propane tank, drags it behind vehicle

Driver steals propane tank, drags it behind vehicle

Driver steals propane tank, drags it behind vehicle

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 1:21 AM

Hancock St & Railroad Ave Foley, MO 63347

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FOLEY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Some residents in Foley, Missouri were forced to evacuate their homes after someone decided to drag a large propane tank behind their vehicle Sunday afternoon.

Police said the incident happened around 4:53 p.m. at the intersection of Hancock Street and Railroad Avenue. Volunteers of the Winfield Foley Fire Protection District responded to assist with what authorities called a hazardous situation.

Once on scene, firefighters found a large propane tank attached to the back of a Jeep. Officials said it had apparently been dragged for an unknown distance. Crews reported the tank was leaking propane when they arrived. They immediately evacuated residents near the scene and blocked off roadways.

In addition, a Lincoln County Hazmat Team was dispatched to aid in the containment effort. Crews were able to empty the tank, transferring approximately 297 gallons of liquid propane from the leaking tank.

The driver of the vehicle that was dragging the tank was arrested by local law enforcement and is facing charges.

All roadways reopened and residents were allowed to return to their homes after a two hour cleanup. 

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