Alabama fireworks factory explosion kills two, injures four
09 February 2015
A local sheriff's department spokesman said an explosion at a north Alabama fireworks manufacturer killed two people. The explosion happened during the mixing process on February 6 at Ultratec, a fireworks manufacturer in Madison County. Four others were reportedly injured and one was taken to a local burn centre.
Officials said a hazardous material team cleared the scene of the accident before proceeding with investigations. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration will be investigating the incident.
A 1999 explosion at the facility killed one person, local press sources say.
This was one of several blasts that caused casualties and disruption at US manufacturing plants on February 5 and 6.
A chemical plant fire at the Warsaw Chemical Company in Warsaw, Indiana, on February 6 caused an explosion which ruptured tanks containing potentially hazardous chemicals. Eight people, including a number of firemen, were treated for injuries suffered in the blaze, including burns, chemical inhalation and skin irritation.
Around 50 homes and businesses within 1,000 feet of the plant were evacuated.
"An unknown quantity of chemicals, mostly methanol, made it’s way into the storm drains and into Winona Lake turning the lake and snow blue and green from the dyes in the chemicals. It is believed to possibly be in the thousands of gallons of chemical and water mix that found it’s way into the lake," Indiana Conservation Officer Jerry Hoerdt stated in a press release.
According to the release, large portable air compressors will be used to inject large amounts of oxygen into the lake to evaporate the contaminants and help the fish and wildlife.
Other explosion casualties on February 6 included three injured in a blast at a Clifton, New Jersey, welding supply company, and one other suffering burns after a blast at a powder coating company in St. Charles, Chicago.
An employee was seriously injured at Autoliv’s Box Elder County Promontory airbag manufacturing plant near Corinne in Utah on February 5 and a dust explosion and fire in a dust collection system at Jasper Rubber Company in Indiana did not cause any casualties.