2 Teens Killed When Oil Tank Explodes

Authorities say two teens were killed when an oil tank they were jumping on exploded and hurled them 150 yards this weekend.

It happened at a party near an oil well in the Routt National Forest.

The victims were identified as 17-year-old Samuel Hedemark of Phippsburg and 19-year-old Christopher King Fuller of Yampa. A dog was also killed in the explosion, but no other injuries were reported.

Vapor from the 160 barrels of crude oil in the tank may have been forced out through a relief valve by the pressure of the teens jumping on the top.

Deputies are investigating whether a campfire or a cigarette lighter may have ignited the vapor.

The coroner says the teens had both marijuana and alcohol in their systems.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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