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Upper Saucon Pair Hurt in Propane Explosion

A propane tank blew up when an Upper Saucon man attempted to drill a hole in it Sunday. The blast injured him and his wife.

An Upper Saucon couple received burns when a propane tank exploded while the man was trying to drill a hole in the tank to recycle it, township police said. 

Steven Luther, 53, of 6064 Main Street was attempting to recycle a propane tank in the hallway of his home about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Upper Saucon Police said. Someone had told him that the way to prepare a tank for recycling was to drill a hole in it and that's what he tried to do.

The tank blew up, blowing out a front window and leaving Luther with burns to his head, face and hands and his wife, Merrie Luther, 56, with burns to an elbow, police said. 

The blast started a fire but a passerby helped put it out before police and firefighters arrived. 

The Luthers were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where they were in stable condition Sunday evening, according to a Morning Call report

Raymond Jameson November 19, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Elizabeth, How about posting instructions about how to SAFELY RECYCLE a propane tank. It might prevent another unfortunate accident from occurring.!!
Crestor Januvia November 19, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Drilling a hole in a propane tank..... in the house...... Has to be an Obama supporter.
Carl November 19, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Or a supporter of the other idiot in which case he would have just thrown it on top of his station wagon....
sus November 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Go to www.cylinderdisposal.com

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