Thursday, January 06, 2011

Former Videographer Injured When Scuba Tank Falls, Explodes in Garage


A painful reminder to the rest of us to ensure tanks are stowed safely and securely.

A former NC TV videographer and his wife, a newspaper photographer, were hurt Monday evening when a SCUBA tank fell in their garage and exploded, WRAL-TV reported.

The incident happened in Fayetteville and involved a former WRAL-TV video photographer and a current photographer for the Fayetteville Observer, WRAL reported.

Rick Allen suffered severe burns and is listed as critical in a burn center in Chapel Hill, WRAL reported. His wife, Cindy Burnham, was hurt by flying glass, WRAL reported.

The incident happened when Allen, who is a scuba diver, walked between cars in his garage near midnight and knocked over a compressed air tank, fire officials told WRAL.

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