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Hunter from Florida Dies in Explosion in Pennsylvania

December 13, 2019

PA- writes that a hunter from Florida died in an accident involving a propane tank in Pennsylvania last weekend. The heater reportedly exploded, killing the 81-year-old man from Chiefland. The incident marks the third hunting-related death in the state within a week.*

The victim was reportedly on a hunting stand, and the attached propane bottle exploded, lighting up two other bottles nearby and causing the explosion. 

According to the investigators, the bottle could have malfunctioned, or there could have been an improper connection between the bottle and the heating device. 

The victim was hunting on his friend’s property at the time, and the friend came out to look for the victim when he heard the explosion. The man was dead by the time the property owner located him. 

Previously this month, a man died in a hunting incident when he fell from a tree stand 30 feet up, and another hunter died after shooting himself with a crossbow. 

Every year, consumers report around 3,000 explosions and fires caused by propane tanks. Only around nine percent of incidents lead to injuries, and about seven percent of those who suffer injuries die in those accidents. While the number of incidents seems to be declining, each accident indicates the need for cautious handling when it comes to this combustible fuel source. 

Individuals using propane tanks should exercise caution and learn how to store, transport, and use the tanks properly. Of course, propane explosions are uncommon, and the tanks are designed to prevent such accidents. According to one study, a person’s risk of dying because of a propane tank explosion is about as likely as dying in a plane crash, or one in 37 million. 

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