- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say lightning has caused a fuel spill in Des Moines.

Firefighters say lightning struck a communications tower in the area Wednesday morning, damaging equipment. An underground fuel tank below the tower began pumping diesel to an emergency generator without shutting off.

The spill triggered an alarm that alerted maintenance crews. Firefighters say about 200 gallons of fuel spilled, but it was contained and posed no threat.

Officials say the fuel will be transferred back to the original tank.

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