Propane fumes escape Frankford train — no leak

Downtown Frankford was briefly stuck behind an emergency perimeter on Tuesday, Aug. 25, due to a potential propane leak on the railroad track that runs through the town.

Just before 11 a.m., the Frankford Fire Company responded to the railroad tracks north of Frankford Avenue.

Police Chief Michael Warchol said he was notified by the town’s maintenance department about the smell of propane wafting through town. The Maryland & Delaware Railroad Company responded, sending a propane specialist to the scene.

“The railroad stores tankers on the tracks over here off of Frankford Avenue,” Warchol explained.

It turned out that the tops of the empty propane tankers had not been sealed correctly.

“As it got hot, it started blowing propane fumes out of the tank,” Warchol said.

There was no actual leak, except for the fumes that escaped the top of the tank.

The scene was cleared by 11:30 a.m.