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Pennsylvania titanium plant explosion kills one, injures two

01 April 2015

Police said an explosion at an eastern Pennsylvania titanium manufacturing plant that killed a worker on March 27 appears to have been caused by the explosion of a boiler. They said the exact cause of the explosion and the reason for ignition remain under investigation. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating.

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Emergency crews were called to the Timet titanium plant in Caernarvon Township near Reading, Pennsylvania and transported the injured to nearby hospitals.

According to a report seen by local media, the boiler involved in the incident is about 20 to 25 feet in diameter with five to six foot high walls and a lid on top. Several employees were present in the area when the explosion occurred. There was damage to the building, and initial evidence indicates the explosion was accidental in nature and no criminal activity has so far been discovered.

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