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Homeowner Strikes Buried Propane Tank Digging in Backyard, HAZMAT Called In

BEACHWOOD-At approximately 5PM on May 18, 2019 the Beachwood Fire Department responded to the report of a propane leak at a residence on the 900 block of Surf Avenue. Units arrived to find the homeowner struck a large propane tank that was buried in his yard. The leak was controlled but could not be contained. Due to the large volume of propane leaking, the Berkeley Hazmat team was requested and responded. Several homes in the area were evacuated by Beachwood Police, and Surf Avenue was shut down. A flare operation was established by the Hazmat team and the propane in the tank was burned off. Beachwood EMS and Mayor Ron Roma also responded to assist and offer support at the scene. Units cleared at approximately 10PM.

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