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Man killed after pressurized tank explodes outside greenhouse in Orem

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 16:32:36-04

OREM, Utah — A man was killed when a pressurized tank exploded as he was spraying greenhouses to cool them down in Orem Thursday morning.

Police have identified the victim as 39-year-old Efren Perez-Sanchez of Lindon.

Lt. Trent Colledge, Orem Police, said they were called about the incident at Cooks Farm and Greenhouse, located at 1645 West and 1600 North, around 8:20 a.m. Thursday.

Colledge said Perez-Sanchez had been spraying greenhouse exteriors to cool them down. He was using a water and lime mixture in a pressurized tank.

Colledge said the tank exploded and struck Perez-Sanchez in the head, killing him.

It is not immediately clear why the tank exploded and police are investigating the incident. OSHA will also investigate.