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Lightning strike triggers Sherman fire

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Smoke filled the sky after a lightning strike ignited a tank containing salt water in Sherman on November 6, 2019. (Courtesy Jodie Tucker) Smoke filled the sky after a lightning strike ignited a tank containing salt water in Sherman on November 6, 2019. (Courtesy Jodie Tucker)

SHERMAN, Texas -- A lightning strike just before 6:30 Wednesday evening triggered an explosion in Sherman.

A passerby called for help after the blast. Sherman and North Texas Regional Airport firefighters responded to the call along Travis Street and US 82.

There were initial concerns that oil might be in the tanks, but firefighters learned the fiberglass tanks held salt water.

"We were unsure what was in the tanks, so we take that as oil tanks," said Sherman Fire Department Assistant Chief Chris Olson. "We were setting up a half-mile perimeter, and as soon as they got here and advised us it was salt water, we shrunk that perimeter down."

No injuries were reported and damage was limited to the tank.

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