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Published July 15 2012

Lightning strike ignites tank in Oil Patch

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials say lightning struck a saltwater tank near Williston causing the contents and the tank to burn.

The Williston Rural Fire Department responded to the blaze last week.

Fire Chief Dave Benth tells the Dickinson Press that the fiberglass tank held a mixture of gas and saltwater. When the lightning struck the tank, the gas caught on fire, causing the tank to burn.

Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production.