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Firefighters: Welding torch caused barrel explosion, injuring Mt. Pleasant mechanic

VIDEO: Mechanic hospitalized after accident causes explosion in Mt. Pleasant
Published: Nov. 13, 2017 at 8:39 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 at 9:58 AM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - One person was transported to the hospital after an accident at a warehouse caused an explosion in Mount Pleasant, fire officials say.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday afternoon in the 400 block of Long Point Road.

Police say a man dragged an oil barrel from outside a garage area to just inside it. He then used a welding torch to remove the top of the barrel to use it as a trash can.

The barrel exploded when the torch ignited a small amount of oil residue in the bottom of the barrel. The force of the explosion pushed the man into a wall.

According to MPFD authorities, employees used fire extinguishers to put the fire out.

The person who was injured was transported to MUSC for treatment.

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