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Three injured in Arkansas chemical plant blast

08 December 2017

An explosion at the United Initiators plant in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, injured three people, according to the local fire department. The company, which makes peroxide at the site, released a statement saying that a decomposition involving benzoyl peroxide occurred, injuring the workers. Production has stopped and an investigation is under way.

The Helena plant - Image: United Initiators
The Helena plant - Image: United Initiators

The three injured employees were performing maintenance work inside a production unit in the building when the explosion occurred. Police told local media that the injured employees were airlifted to a Memphis hospital.

Local media said 25 firefighters and a Hazmat team responded to the scene, but there was no visible fire when they arrived. The company said there were no chemical releases caused by the explosion.

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