2 Injured When Gas Tank Explodes

LULA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia say a man and his son were seriously burned when an old gasoline tank from a logging truck exploded as they tried to cut it with a blowtorch.

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell says the two were cutting up old tanks for salvage in a Lula subdivision when the tank exploded just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. Kimbrell says the tank had been in nearby woods for some time and was not thought to contain gas vapors.

The chief says the two were hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns over 10 to 20 percent of their bodies and later were flown to an Augusta burn center for treatment of respiratory burns.

Their names and ages were unavailable.

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