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Efforts underway to prevent ” explosive fire danger” at Oklahoma State Fair

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OKLAHOMA CITY --  The sizzle of burgers on the grill, flame-roasted corn, and the deep fried goodness of a state fair corn dog.

For the next two weeks, many Oklahomans will partake in a sinfully delicious calorie overload.

But with the indulgence of fair food, comes an danger that is often overlooked.

"The safety of our citizens is the number one concern. We want them to come out and have a good time," Oklahoma City District Fire Chief, Benny Fulkerson said.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department wants to make sure there aren't any explosive (or otherwise) accidents while the vendors are feeding the masses.

So to ensure the safety of the people, the Code Enforcement Office is inspecting more than 150 concession stands to ensure they comply with all fire codes.

The Public Education Office teaches prevention and preparation in the case of an unexpected eruption of fire.

The biggest fear is thousands of propane tanks.

"We check all the lines and regulator to make sure they and secure. Having it leak and finding a heat sources and exploding with all these people located in a small area," Captain Rodney Hudson said.

The hard work of these individuals is rarely noticed because it is impossible to document how many fires and mishaps are prevented by these behind the scenes efforts.

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