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Lightning to blame for explosion, environmental clean up operation

Oil tanker clean up

OKLAHOMA CITY – Environmental and hazardous materials crews are cleaning up after lightning hit an oil tanker batter overnight.

Witnesses said they saw the flash and then heard a loud explosion near S.W. 15th St. and Council.

When fire crews arrived, there were no flames and an oil tank battery was missing. Oil tanker missing

According to police, lightning struck the battery causing it to explode, spilling a mixture of oil and salt water onto the property.

HazMat crews and the Department of Environmental Quality are taking care of the mess.

Officials said the property owner has the equipment and was able to help crews clean up the spill and leftover tank pieces.

Crews were able to separate much of the oil from the salt water so it can be refined and used again.