Emergency crews in Oklahoma responded to a fire at an Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) power plant Thursday morning after a 7,000 gallon tank holding heating oil and glycerol ignited, fire officials confirmed to KOCO 5 News.
The power plant complex, located in northwest Oklahoma City, has been evacuated and firefighters are keeping a safe distance away from the tank as it spews thick black smoke, according to KOCO. Emergency officials evacuated several nearby businesses, as well. (RELATED: America’s Oldest Running Nuclear Plant Is About To Shut Down)
Here is another view of the OG&E power plant fire and the smoke as seen from just off NW 10 near N County Line Thursday. pic.twitter.com/pjGx0H6Zbn
— Robert Medley (@rmedleyokc) October 4, 2018
Glycerin is a key ingredient in gums and resins and is used in several cooking and food products. If combined with nitric and sulfuric acid, the clear liquid will become nitroglycerin, which is used in bombs.
Heating oil is a byproduct of the crude oil refining process and is used to fuel furnaces and other lights and heaters.
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