Propane tank theft: Neighborhood evacuated after tank dragged behind vehicle

10:49 AM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
  • Propane tank theft. (Courtesy: Winfield Foley Fire Protection District)
  • Propane tank theft. (Courtesy: Winfield Foley Fire Protection District)
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Foley, MO (KSDK) - Several roadways and a railway in Lincoln County had to be evacuated Sunday afternoon in connection with a suspected propane tank theft.

According to Chief Cory Swafford of the Winfield Foley Fire Protection District, firefighters were called shortly after 4:50 p.m. to assist police with a potentially hazardous incident involving a propane tank. When they arrived at the scene, firefighters discovered a large propane tank being dragged behind a Jeep at the intersection of Hancock Street and Railroad Avenue.

A small amount of propane was leaking out of the tank. Authorities moved quickly to evacuate residents within a 300 foot radius of the scene and blocked roadways on the eastern side of Foley.

The Lincoln County Hazmat Team was contacted and Missouri State Highway Patrol helped secure the scene, Swafford said. Highway 79, BNSF railway and several local roads were closed to traffic for about 2 hours as the propane tank was secured and removed.

The driver was taken into custody and faces charges, Swafford said. His identity has not been released because he's yet to be charged.  Authorities believe the man stole the propane tank for an area farm.


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