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Blast critically injures four at US chemical plant

08 January 2016

Four people were critically injured after an explosion rocked a Dow Chemical plant in North Andover, Boston, on January 7. The explosion was caused when trimethylaluminum, a chemical that is used to make LED lights and electronics, mixed with water, creating a violent reaction, a fire department spokesperson said.

North Andover Fire Lieutenant Robert Bonenfant said the blast had not released dangerous chemicals. “It was more of an explosion than a fire,” Bonenfant said. “There are no concerns for the surrounding area and community.”

The four injured people suffered shrapnel wounds and burns, and two had to be airlifted to the hospital, according to authorities at the scene. Fire officials said the building suffered extensive damage near the blast site, but that the facility was still structurally sound.

A worker was killed in a chemical blast at the site in October 2013.

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