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A tank explosion caused a fire at a saltwater disposal facility Thursday near Alexander, N.D. An estimated 2,440 barrels of saltwater and 270 barrels of oil spilled at the site. (McKenzie County Emergency Management)

N.D. explosion causes fire, saltwater leak

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ALEXANDER, N.D. — A saltwater tank exploded near here Thursday causing several tanks to catch fire and spill about 2,700 barrels of saltwater and oil, the North Dakota Department of Health said.


The tank explosion at a disposal well site about 8 miles southwest of Alexander was reported about 12:15 p.m. Thursday, said McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.