One killed in New Zealand recycling facility blast
16 September 2015
An explosion killed one person in South Auckland, New Zealand, on September 15. The blast happened at Salters Cartage, a hazardous materials recycling business and witnesses spoke of seeing flames leaping 30m into the air, and feeling buildings shake 5km from the blast site. Part of a fuel tank was propelled about 100m through the air and landed across the road from the blast site.
Salters Cartage managing director Ron Salter said the man who died was a contractor and was killed when a tank exploded. No one else was injured. Local news sources said the blast could have been caused by unauthorised welding.
The company specialises in waste oil collection and recovery; shipping and marine collection and recovery; oil disposal; fuel and chemical delivery and hazardous liquid storage.
Police will be investigating the incident alongside WorkSafe New Zealand.