CSB team deploys to Puerto Rico tank explosion

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 26 -- A six-person team from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) deployed to investigate an explosion and fire that Caribbean Petroleum Corp. reported at a petroleum storage facility near San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Reports indicated large petroleum storage tanks were on fire Oct. 23 at the gasoline storage and distribution center in Bayamon just west of San Juan. Authorities said 21 of 40 tanks had exploded.

Both the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives dispatched agents to Bayamon, said an ATF spokesman. Several people were treated for minor injuries, and some 1,500 people were evacuated.

CSB is an independent federal agency. It investigates all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

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