8 Large Crude Oil Tanks on Fire in Western North Dakota

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Crews are spraying foam on a massive fire in several large oil tanks in western North Dakota Friday afternoon.

The McKenzie County Emergency Manager says there was a huge explosion Thursday afternoon south of Williston that could be felt close to ten miles away.

Officials say there was an Enbridge oil tanker truck unloading when the explosion and fire happened, but the exact cause is still under investigation.

Eight tanks are on fire and they hold about 1,200 barrels of oil. Initially the plan was to let them burn out.

The fire spread to several nearby tanks owned by a different company, but firefighters were able to put that fire out.

The tanks are just across from an Enbridge facility south of WIlliston. There are no reports that the facility has been affected and no one was hurt.