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Lightning strikes Houston chemical plant

April 24, 2013
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Officials said lightning struck the tank around 12:30 a.m., causing a fire.

Lightning struck a storage tank at a chemical plant in Houston early Wednesday morning and sparked a small fire, click2houston.com reported.

Firefighters arrived at the scene around 2:00 a.m. and found that a tank containing mineral oil was on fire. Mineral oil is a non-flammable additive used to make engine oil. Officials said lightning struck the tank around 12:30 a.m., causing the blaze.

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The flames were extinguished quickly and no chemical release was reported.

No one was injured, according to the article.