Methane gas caused Coralville explosion

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 26, 2011 7:10 AM

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Coralville Fire Chief Dave Stannard said a natural build up of methane gas caused an explosion at the Coralville wastewater-treatment plant on Dec. 27.

The methane ignited when a worker attempted to melt ice around a hatch on the roof of the facility using a blowtorch.

Coralville wastewater superintendent Brian Lamansky was injured in the explosion.

Stannard said he expects the explosion will result in a change of policy.

— by Josh Quinnett

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