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May 12, 2014

No one injured in tank explosion

— Leslie Kinsey was sitting in her car three doors down from Advanced Adhesive Technology on Spencer Street when she was startled by a loud boom.

“And you could hear what sounded like vapors escaping from something,” the Dalton resident said.

That was around 8:45 a.m. on Monday. Dalton Fire Department Deputy Chief Gary Baggett said the explosion was from an outdoor tank that could hold roughly 500 gallons of carpet adhesive giving way and exploding. Officials believe there was a weak area in the bottom of the tank or that the relief valve failed. No one was hurt.

The tank went in the air at 424 S. Spencer St., Baggett said, but no one was nearby at the time.

“Had someone been there, they would have been hurt or killed, but luckily no employee was in that part of the building,” he said.

Baggett said no harmful chemicals were released into the environment, and the tank was not full. No one had to be evacuated.

Kinsey said the outcome is a relief.

“I’m just really glad that nobody was hurt,” she said.

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