GANDEEVILLE, W. Va. — An oil drum has exploded near Gandeeville.

A Roane County 911 dispatcher said a 24-year-old male was cutting into an empty 155-gallon oil storage drum at a little after 2 p.m. Tuesday when the drum exploded.

The victim was flown by helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

According to the dispatcher, a 16-year-old male was also burned.

He was transported to Roane County General with non life-threatening injuries.

No other details were immediately available regarding the victims or their condition.

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  • northforkfisher

    They should have hooked a hose to an automobile exhaust and stuck it in the barrel. The CO2 from the exhaust keeps the fumes from exploding.

  • ViennaGuy

    Sounds like the drum still had some petroleum vapors in it.

  • thornton

    Well, hope all turns out ok does have to be smarter than the drum or reality will loudly knock.

    One wonders in these cases whether it was a lack of training, stupidity or watching too many of those scripted Appalachian reality shows that depict wondrous devices created from bird nests and barber floor hair.