April, 2003

This is a repeating event

200307AprAll DayGlenpool Tank Farm Explosion 2003ConocoPhillips Glenpool (US-OK)Industry:StorageCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Confined explosion Origin: NTSB Incident:VCEHazards:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (Offsite At Risk)Effects:EnvironmentalMaterial:Diesel fuel


On April 7, 2003, at about 8:55 p.m., central daylight time, an 80,000-barrel storage tank at ConocoPhillips Company’s Glenpool South tank farm in Glenpool, Oklahoma, exploded and burned as it was being filled with diesel. The tank, designated tank 11, had previously contained gasoline, which had been removed from the tank earlier in the day. The tank contained between 7,397 and 7,600 barrels of diesel at the time of the explosion.

The resulting fire burned for about 21 hours and damaged two other storage tanks in the area. The cost of the accident, including emergency response, environmental remediation, evacuation, lost product, property damage, and claims, was $2,357,483. There were no injuries or fatalities. Nearby residents were evacuated, and schools were closed for 2 days.

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NTSBNational Transportation Safety Board