Ken Leighton 3:30 p.m., Sept. 21
8,000-gallon ethanol spill next to Qualcomm absolutely not part of attempt to burn down stadium, insist Chargers officials
"That's just crazy talk."
RETHINKING MY DECISION TO LIGHT UP AND ENJOY A SMOKE BREAK, MISSION VALLEY - Last night, a tanker carrying over 8,000 gallons of highly flammable ethanol flipped over on its side in dangerous proximity to Qualcomm Staidum and began spilling its contents onto the surrounding landscape. Both the spill and its location were, of course, completely unplanned, insists Chargers stadium coordinator Ben T. Overbarrell. "Why on earth would we, or anyone else, want to burn down Qualcomm Stadium?" he asked. "If we did that, we wouldn't have a place to play. Not unless someone could somehow build us an entirely brand new stadium somewhere else. It just doesn't make any sense."
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