Maine Darwin award winner this morning


Sep 10, 2011
Seacoast, NH
Boat Make
Not a DE boat, but a home-made pontoon boat :shock:.


Friend says propane tanks intended for pontoon boat | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram


Friend says propane tanks intended for pontoon boat
By David Hench [email protected]
Staff Writer

WINDHAM — Propane tanks that triggered a major fire and police response in Windham today were to be used to make a homemade pontoon boat, according to a friend of the man who was hauling them.

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Police are trying determine why this van was towing welded-together propane tanks on River Road in Windham.
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State police and Windham police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the van they stopped this morning on River Road. The van was towing a trailer loaded with 13 propane tanks welded together.

Daniel Tucker said his friend, Joshua Prokey, was planning to use the tanks as part of a boat he'd been building for four years off and on. Tucker said he was at the scene today out of concern for Prokey. Tucker said Prokey is an electrician in Westbrook, and he had known Prokey four about seven years.

Tucker said he was unable to talk to Prokey at the scene, but that authorities had told him that Prokey could face fines for hauling hazardous materials without the proper permits.

The van was traveling north on River Road at about 9:40 a.m. today when a motorist following behind called police to report that a tank had fallen off the trailer. Authorities who stopped the van found the 13 propane tanks and one more inside the van.

Earlier, Windham Deputy Fire Chief Dave Nichols said emergency responders had asked residents in the area to stay in their homes until the situation was declared safe.

Members of the Gorham fire department, as well as the Presumpscot Valley Hazardous Response Team, were also on the scene.

"When we pull into something like this, the first thing that comes to mind is WMD (weapons of mass destruction)," Nichols said. "We have to think of the worst and have all our safeguards and precautions in place."

Responders were keeping a distance from the van and trailer while they awaited the arrival of a larger trailer that would be used to move the tanks to a gravel pit away from residential areas.

State police plan a briefing at 2 p.m.

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