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A lightning strike caused an explosion, fire and release at the Helling Saltwater Disposal Well about three miles south of Alexander on Monday. Submitted photo by Karolin Rockvoy, McKenzie County Emergency Services.

Lightning causes fire, spill


ALEXANDER— A lightning strike Monday afternoon caused an explosion, fire and spill at an oilfield site in McKenzie County in western North Dakota.

McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson said the strike occurred at 5 p.m. at the Helling Saltwater Disposal Well off U.S. Highway 85, three miles south of Alexander.

As of 7 p.m., the fire was still burning with no injuries reported.

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