Evacuees return home after propane explosion
March 1, 1998
Web posted at: 3:09 p.m. EST (2009 GMT)
WALWORTH, Wisconsin (CNN) -- About 400 to 500 residents of a
Wisconsin village were allowed to return home early Sunday,
roughly 12 hours after officials forced them to evacuate
because of a propane tank explosion.
As of midday Sunday, there was still no word on the fate of
the occupant, or occupants, of the car that struck the tank
at a propane company, causing the explosion. Walworth County
police officials said they could not get close enough to the
charred car to see what was inside.
The accident happened Saturday afternoon, and the fire was
still burning early Sunday, officials told CNN.
The car apparently "careened off of the road about 70 or 80
feet into the propane tank," police spokeswoman Rhonda
Schwartz told CNN. Officials do not know why the car left
Walworth is about 60 miles southwest of Milwaukee.