Greenville, PA — A deadly explosion on Monday (August 19, 2013) at Brownies Oil Company left one worker dead, police have confirmed. 37-year old New Castle resident Brian Krauss was killed in the explosion as he was welding on a tank, though many of the details are still under investigation.
According to the news reports form WFMJ, a 10,000-gallon fuel tank exploded at the Reynolds Industrial Park and sen the tank itself into the air. Krauss was reportedly working on or near the tank when it exploded, which threw him from a walkway and killed him almost immediately.
The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined, but at least one news source said that Krauss may have been welding prior to the accident. Brownies Oil Company has not released a statement about the accident at present and they are reportedly owned by Reed Oil Company.
Further investigation by the Department of Environmental Protection is underway.
Scene of the Accident