Marshfield: Two Injured After Propane Tank Ruptures on Route 139

By Erin Dale

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Photo by WATD/Ed Perry

A propane tank accident this afternoon at Williams Coal and Oil (117 Plain Street), on Route 139 in Marshfield, has left two people with serious injuries.

The tank launched like a rocket across the street to Blanchard’s Liquors.

Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares said that it was a large cylinder propane tank that ruptured as it was being filled, “sending the tank up in the air, taking off tree branches high up on the trees, flying over telephone and electric lines across four lanes of traffic on 139, and landing approximately 150 yards away in a tar parking lot.”

WATD’s Ed Perry spoke with John on the scene, who works next to Blanchard’s at Marshfield Dentistry. He said he heard “two big booms” that “seemed like they came from the roof,” then saw the  tank on the ground. Ambulances arrived moments later.

According to the Marshfield Fire Department, the Williams employee, a 61-year-old man, filling the tank was one of those hurt by the blast; the …read more

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