Hazard of explosion: Evacuations and highway closures at Lake Traunsee

It was a really difficult operation that concerned a complete of 6 hearth departments, police and water rescue groups on Friday afternoon in Gmunden: liquid gasoline had leaked from an underground tank on the foot of the Traunstein. There was a excessive threat of explosion.

Apparently there had been a communication error. Technicians from a plumbing firm who have been presupposed to work on the underground tank have been knowledgeable that the tank was empty – whereupon they unscrewed the lid, in keeping with preliminary info.

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“That is when the leak occurred,” says the commander of the Gmunden hearth division, Gerald Kahrer. A 300-meter exclusion zone was arrange, the highway was cordoned off – but in addition a part of the lake, in keeping with the commander. Round 20 residents needed to briefly depart their houses. And hikers who got here from Traunstein additionally needed to wait. “There was an enormous threat of explosion at the start,” says Gerald Kahrer. That is why particular instruments that do not produce sparks had for use.

The fireplace chief says that individuals within the space didn’t grow to be nervous. Nonetheless, some wished to disregard the roadblocks. “However we let the police kind that out.”

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