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Victim of Oregon blast in vintage tank appeared in TV shows, ads

This Tuesday image made from video by KTVZ-TV shows investigators inspecting the scene of an explosion inside a World War II-era tank at a public firing range that left two people dead near Bend, Ore. (Steve Kaufmann/KTVZ-TV via AP / Steve Kaufmann/KTVZ-TV via AP)
This Tuesday image made from video by KTVZ-TV shows investigators inspecting the scene of an explosion inside a World War II-era tank at a public firing range that left two people dead near Bend, Ore. (Steve Kaufmann/KTVZ-TV via AP / Steve Kaufmann/KTVZ-TV via AP)

Nelson said the cause of the blast was under investigation and the video was to be used for an exhibit, but did not give further details. Steve Greenberg, a close friend of Preston’s and fellow tank owner, said his friend had fired rounds before and “everything worked fine.”

He said they were “testing some armor plate” when the explosion occurred. Preston was very safety-conscious, which is why the accident is even more shocking, Greenberg said. Read more.



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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.