California rocket plant explosion injures two
20 November 2013
An explosion at the Aerojet Rocketdyne site in Rancho Cordova, California, injured two people on November 19. Detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Explosive Ordinance Detail have determined that the incident had no criminal involvement and appears to be an industrial accident.
The company has not releasing any details about what exploded or on what part of the facility.
The Sacramento Sheriff's Department's bomb squad, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are collaborating on the investigation.
The Rancho Cordova site is an engineering centre for space and defence propulsion systems, a manufacturing site for solid rocket motors and liquid engines, and a propulsion test facility.
The company in October 2012 reported that its Rancho Cordova headquarters achieved two million worker hours without injury in September 2012.
And in October, Aerojet reported that its missile plant in Utah passed a safety milestone, operating for 10 years without a lost-time injury. A lost-time injury is any accident that requires a worker to take at least one sick day off.