Maryland police respond to van leaking gas from huge tank

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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland are investigating after gasoline was found leaking from a 200-gallon storage tank inside a parked van.

Prince George’s County police think the incident in Landover was a case of hoarding amid the panic last week over the Colonial Pipeline hack, the Washington Post reported.

Police spokesman Nicholas Clayton told the newspaper the leak caused no injuries. The van’s owner had not been identified because the van had no registration tags, he said.

The tank was not equipped to hold highly volatile liquids such as gasoline. County firefighters had to be dispatched to clean up the spill, Clayton said.

“The biggest message in all this is to advise the community that bulk purchasing and storage of fuel in an unauthorized container is not safe,” he said. “It’s not safe for yourself or your family or the first responders who have to come out and try to clean this mess up.”

The operator of the pipeline, which was hit on May 7th by a ransomware attack, announced Saturday that it has resumed “normal operations” delivering fuel to its markets, including a large swath of the East Coast.

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