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Three hurt in explosion at Massachusetts chemical facility

16 April 2019

A chemical explosion at the IQE facility in Taunton, Massachusetts, injured three workers on April 14, the local fire department said in a press release. They were transported to an area hospital for treatment. 

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

“Upon arrival, the first arriving engine company found three employees suffering from flash burns on their faces and hands,” Taunton Fire Chief Timothy J. Bradshaw said in a statement. “Firefighters were notified about the possibility that hazardous materials were released into the air.”

Taunton Fire requested a Tier 2 Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) response from agencies around the region. HAZMAT personnel determined that compressed hydrogen and arsine were involved in the explosion, but the substances were not released into the environment. Officials said they are investigating the cause of the explosion. 

“The danger was confined to a piece of equipment used in manufacturing,” said Chief Bradshaw in the release.


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