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<<The article is not clear - but the most likely cause would be an oxygen fire
over-pressuring the cylinder. Course, there may have been lighter fluid nearby or
other accelerants. A bottle of rye or such as well. A meth lab in the kitchen.>>

Just guessing---

I'd speculate that oxygen saturated the area surrounding the tank, permitting a violent explosion to be touched off by any available ignition source.

I'd say it's very unlikely that the tank itself was ruptured or the contents inside the cylinder under pressure was part of the explosion.

Those tanks are tough (except for the valve assembly) and it seems unlikely that the contents under hundreds of pounds of pressure could have been contaminated by room air.

If the tank got knocked over and the valve assembly broke off, all bets are off!

Seattle Pioneer
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