MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Coast Guard report says a
passing tugboat helped spark the massive explosions that rocked the
Mobile River and injured three people in April.
A preliminary report released Saturday says workers
were cleaning fuel storage tanks on two barges moored at Oil Recovery
Co. in Mobile on April 24.
The report says flammable vapors from the barges
entered the engine room of the towing boat Safety Runner, causing a
brief fire. Investigators believe the flames traveled back to the barges
and resulted in the explosions.
The blast injured three workers and caused a
30-gallon oil spill in the Mobile River. Seven separate explosions
occurred after the accident.
1 of the injured workers filed suit days after the explosion, and that lawsuit is pending in Mobile.
Copyright 2013 The
Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be
published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.