Propane tank explosion at Bluffton home kills one person

HMN- One person was dead after propane grill exploded according to WJCL News

One person is dead after a propane tank exploded near a grill outside of a Bluffton home.

Bluffton Police say it happened in Bluffton’s Hampton Lake subdivision Sunday night.

The cause of that explosion is now under investigation.

WJCL will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. Below are safety tips listed by the National Fire Protection Association to keep in mind while working with propane.

  • Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home.
  • Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home.
  • Never operate a propane-powered gas grill inside the home.
  • Have propane gas equipment inspected periodically by a professional for possible leaks or malfunctioning parts.
  • Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when lighting a pilot.
  • If you smell a strong odor of gas, leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home.

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