Four injured in Texas silicon plant explosion
05 October 2015
Four people were injured on October 2 in an explosion at a SunEdison plant in Pasadena, Texas, manufacturing silicon parts for solar cells. Three injured workers were released from hospital soon after, and the fourth, who was evacuated by helicopter suffered chemical burns to his face and chest. The company said none of the casualties had life-threatening injuries.
The explosion and fire happened after silane, a flammable gas, was released from a pipeline being worked on during maintenance, according to a community safety alert. There were emissions of silicon dioxide, which is not considered toxic, and the fire was soon extinguished. SunEdison said there was no danger posed to the public.
SunEdison said it was gathering information about the accident.
According to its website, SunEdison is a global renewable energy company which produces ultrapure granular polysilicon used in the manufacture of silicon wafers used in the production of solar cells and semiconductor circuits.
The plant employs more than 300 workers and sits on a 409 acre site next to the Houston Ship Channel.