Five injured in Georgia metal plant explosion
30 June 2016
Bonnell Aluminum reported that five of its staff were injured in an explosion on June 29, some seriously. The blast reportedly blew molten aluminum and concrete over neighbouring properties and shook buildings miles away in Coweta County, Georgia, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.
“At this time, it’s too early to speculate on what caused the accident, but we are working closely with local fire officials and others to conduct a thorough investigation,” a company statement read. “The safety of our employees is our No. 1 priority, so we have temporarily shut down our operations until we can access the situation.”
The company melts raw aluminum in smelters to form billets that are then extruded to create parts for various industries. Often billets are sold directly to other companies that operate their own extrusion manufacturing.