Accident Description

Accident: Oil Tank Safety Study

Location: Location: Weleetka, OK

Accident Occurred On: 04/14/2010 | Final Report Released On: 10/27/2011

Accident Type: Community Impact

Investigation Status: The CSB released its oil tank study at a news conference in Hattiesburg, MS on October 27, 2011.

On April 13, 2010, the CSB released a safety video, entitled “No Place to Hang Out”. The video tells the story of the tragic deaths of 18-year-old Wade White and 16-year-old Devon Byrd, killed on October 31, 2009, when an oil tank, located in a clearing in the woods near the home of one of the boys in the town of Carnes, Mississippi, suddenly exploded. On April 14, 2010, a fiery explosion took the life of a 21-year-old member of the public in Weleetka, Oklahoma, at an unattended oil and gas production site that was unsecured and likely lacked fire or explosion warning signs.