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Tanker explodes at Oklahoma prison in Stringtown

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Emergency vehicles at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, Oklahoma. (KTEN) Emergency vehicles at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, Oklahoma. (KTEN)
A tanker hauling gasoline exploded at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown on May 10, 2019. (Courtesy ODOC) A tanker hauling gasoline exploded at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown on May 10, 2019. (Courtesy ODOC)

STRINGTOWN, Okla. -- No one was injured when a fuel tanker exploded Friday at the Mack Alford Correctional Center near Stringtown.

The tanker had been delivering gasoline to the medium-security prison when its volatile cargo ignited at a fueling station.

An image from the scene appears to show the entire back end of the trailer was ripped away by the force of the explosion. The Department of Corrections said some debris flew into the median of US 69.

"I'm glad that we got it contained and no one's been hurt," said warden Mike Bolt. "I'm just very thankful for the local folks and how they responded."

Prison staff and inmates were moved from the immediate area as the Oklahoma Highway Patrol along with firefighters from Stringtown and Atoka raced to the scene.

The cause of the blast is under investigation.

The state prison facility currently houses almost 800 male inmates.

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