The video begins with the earnest voice of a teenager, reading her own words: “My name is Shawn-Ashlee Davis. I’m a senior at Forrest County Agricultural High School in Mississippi. And on October 31, 2009, two people who were very close to me, and the ones I loved, died in an instant. Was it a car crash? No. It was an oil tank explosion.”
Told through the eyes and voices of grieving and concerned parents, friends and local officials, the safety video from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, “No Place to Hang Out: The Danger of Oil Sites,” tells the story of the deaths of 18-year-old Wade White and 16-year-old Devon Byrd. They were killed October 31, 2009, when an oil tank, located in a clearing in the woods near the home of one of the boys in the rural town of Carnes, suddenly exploded.
The CSB concurrently released a four-minute safety message by Chairman John Bresland to alert oil and gas companies to the hazard. Bresland said a CSB task force would continue to examine the safety issues over the next few months to see if additional, specific safety recommendations are needed. Both videos are available on CSB.gov.