Generally the term "severe weather" doesn't conjure images of flames and black smoke. But last night, in downtown Kansas City, that's exactly what we saw. At around 7.30 pm, a lightning bolt hit a fuel tank at the Magellan Pipeline terminal in Kansas City, KS. The bolt immediately ignited the 1.2 million gallons of gasoline and created a fire ball spectacle reminiscent of 9/11. Strangely and thankfully enough, no one was hurt. The EPA has has stated that air quality should not fine and their tests do not indicate any air problems. The huge plume of smoke created visual issues for pilot trying to land at the airport and many planes had to be re-routed to land safely.
I'm no economist but I would venture to guess that gas in KC isn't going to see a decline anytime soon. Think of it this way, 1.2 million gallons of gas at $3.77 a gallon. Kansas City had a $452,400,000 fireworks display last night. Check out the link below to the pictures. Yowza.