ARCADE, Ga. — A cigarette or static electricity may be to blame for a fatal explosion at an oil facility in this south Jackson County city Sunday night, authorities said Monday, but state officials considered the incident to be an accident.
Scott Dwayne Brown, 42, was thrown about 15 feet from the top of an oil tanker as he was loading some type of oil Sunday night around 10:15 p.m. at Joe Sikes Oil Service Inc. on Athens Highway, authorities said. Brown’s wife witnessed the explosion.
“He never knew what hit him,” Arcade Police Chief Dennis Bell said. A second man who was standing on top of a storage tank, helping Brown load the truck, survived the explosion and subsequent blasts.
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