Tanker leaks more than 1,500 gallons of propane at Port of Tacoma

Staff writerFebruary 17, 2014 

A leak from a propane tanker truck was was contained at the Port of Tacoma Monday, ending a potentially dangerous situation without any injuries, the Tacoma Fire Department said.

The propane leaked when a hose ruptured on a 2,500-gallon tanker truck, said Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga. The truck was being used to resupply a smaller tank when the hose ruptured, Zuluaga said.

"The coast is clear," Zuluaga said. "It's lucky it's a nice windy day."

Firefighters responded to evacuate the area near the 4000 block of state Route 509 East at Alexander Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Monday. They established a "hot zone perimeter" and let the propane bleed off near the Pierce County Terminal.

After the leak dissipated, they moved forward at the scene to take air samples and examine the tanker.

Zuluaga described the scene as "scary" with a big cloud from the potentially explosive leak. "It was quite spectacular for awhile," he said.

A hazardous materials team also was at the scene.

Zuluaga said the hose could have ruptured due to old age or poor maintenance.

Around 12:30 p.m. Monday, the fire department turned over the incident to port officials.

 

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