Five injured in Ohio chemicals plant blast
22 December 2015
Five people were injured on December 21 during an explosion and fire at the Arboris plant in Newark, Ohio. Newark Fire Chief Patrick Connor said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Overpressure in a collection tank holding hexane and ethanol appeared to have caused the explosion and blaze, he said.
The company said the plant’s fire suppression system allowed workers to evacuate the area before any serious injuries were caused. The fire was extinguished within an hour, according to the Fire Chief.
Arboris is a producer of naturally-occurring plant sterols, which are used primarily in health food products. The company has manufacturing plants in Newark and Savannah, Georgia.