One man has died as a result of burns suffered in a propane tank explosion in Dawson County.
Jimmy Lassetter, 45, of Newnan, was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospitals burn unit on Dec. 13, according to a report from times-georgian.com in Carroll County.
Lassetter and Casey Rickett were unloading approximately 20 250-gallon propane tanks from a truck on Dec. 5 when the accident occurred. The foot of one propane tank caught on another, causing the tanks to flip. Gas was released when one tank hit the ground, shearing off its valve.
A spark from an unknown source ignited the gas, causing a flash fire and explosion.
The blast occurred at Amicalola Propanes East Street location off Hwy. 53, near Lumpkin Campground Road.
Lassetter suffered second- and third-degree burns over 70 to 80 percent of his body.
Lassetter owned Lassetter Propane LLC in Cedartown.
He was a longtime friend of Matt and Kristin Richardson, owners of Amicalola Propane.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 16 at Unity Baptist Church in Newnan.
Postings on a social media website included one from Lassetters daughter, Lindsay. It read: Daddy had a beautiful service. Thank you for everyone that was a part of it & was there to comfort us and all of the prayers by family, friends, and community, and etc. Rest in Peace Daddy!
Amicalola Propane employee Casey Rickett, who suffered second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body, returned home over the weekend from Grady Hospital. Ricketts wife, Ashley Rickett, posted on Facebook, Casey is doing so much better. His arms are healing great and he has started occupational therapy.