Rivermill Complex propane leak brought under control

Lebanon Fire Department Photo

Lebanon Fire Department stops it in an hour's time

LEBANON, NH - A snow removal vehicle accidentally broke the valve stem off the top of a 1000-gallon propane tank at the Rivermill Complex on Mechanic Street shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday evening and Lebanon firefighters spent the next hour bringing the potentially volatile situation under control.

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    The break was caused by a smaller `Bobcat-style' skid steer loader and sent up a plume of propane gas from the under the dome cover where the main valve is located, Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos explained.  

Lebanon Fire Department Photo

    Someone at the scene placed a call directly to nearby Lebanon Station 1 and a crew of firefighters responded with Lebanon Engine 2 , deployed a hose line, and dispersed the vapors with a stream of water, the chief explained.  

    The situation was declared under control shortly before 11 p.m. with fire crews remaining on scene assisting technicians from Irving Fuels who were called in to repair the leak.

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