Pennsylvania Man Dies In Oil Tank Explosion

BROKENSTRAW, Pa. – A Clarendon man was killed Wednesday morning as a result of an oil tank explosion in Brokenstraw Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Nikolai G. Briggs, 26, was pronounced dead at the Irvine Run Road accident scene by Warren County Deputy Coroner Stan Taydus.

Police said Briggs was found about 60 feet north of the tank on which he had been working.

Taydus estimated the height of the tank at 10 to 12 feet.

“The victim had been welding on the top of the tank when his torch caused vapor in the tank to ignite and explode,” police said.

“Death was due to multiple internal injuries” that were due to the explosion, Taydus said. The fatal explosion blew off the entire top of the tank.

Police list the time of the incident as between 8:30 and 10:08 a.m.

Youngsville volunteer firefighters responded to the 10:08 a.m. call, according to Chief Vern Edmisten. Upon their arrival there was no active fire and Edmisten offered no further comment on the incident.