Video: CO burned in oxygen tank explosion at Okla. detention center

A loaded gurney with equipment was being brought into the jail when a bag with an oxygen bottle fell off, engulfing the officer in flames


An Oklahoma corrections officer was seriously injured after an oxygen bottle fell off a gurney and exploded. Read more about how to prevent oxygen tank explosions here. 

By Sarah Calams

OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. — A corrections officer suffered third-degree burns after an oxygen bottle fell off a gurney and exploded. 

News9.com reported that EMSA was bringing a loaded gurney with equipment into the jail Saturday when a bag with an oxygen bottle fell off, engulfing the corrections officer in flames. 

"It hit the ground and exploded immediately, and I couldn't go anywhere. I was stuck. There was a gurney here, there was a wall and there was another wall right here, so I couldn't get out of the way," Officer Bryan Cornelius, a 14-year veteran, said.

Cornelius was able to jump onto a table, but was still on fire. 

"You know I was really just confused. I didn't know anything like that could happen. I was standing there, then the next thing I know I was on fire and I was just glad to get away from the heat for a minute. Once I noticed I was burning, it was pretty excruciating pain immediately," Cornelius said.

Cornelius suffered third-degree burns on both of his feet and ankles. He will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair some of the burns.

"The pain is excruciating. I don't wish the pain on anybody," he said.

 

JAIL EXPLOSION CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A corrections officer at the Oklahoma County Detention Center suffered third degree burns after an oxygen bottle fell off a gurney and exploded. Paramedics were bringing equipment into the jail Saturday when it happened. The flames melted Officer Bryan Cornelius’ shoes, burning his feet so badly he’ll need skin graph surgery tomorrow. HIS INTERVIEW ➡️ https://bit.ly/38EJYEL

Posted by Lacie Lowry on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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