Olympia, Wash. — Wayne Fowler was in the back room of his business, Capital Divers, when a compressed air storage tank in a shed outside exploded. "It blew the whole wall out to the inside," said Fowler, who told KIRO-7 another tank cam crashing through the wall and smashed into and several damaged a bench right next to him.
Doreen Miller works across the street and said the explosion was one of the loudest things she has ever heard. "Sonic boom, I wasn't quite sure what it was. I ran outside and I could see debris and what looked like gas coming from the tanks and I yelled, 'Call 911,'" she said.
The storage tank was filled with compressed air used to fill diver's tanks. When it exploded, it turned into a missile, skimming across a parking lot, under a van before crashing into an embankment. The explosion destroyed a shed that housed a number of the tanks and debris from that shed littered the street.
Fowler said after surviving the initial blast, he ran outside to assess the extent of the damage. "When I made it outside I saw the devastation and it made me happy nobody else was hurt," he said.
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