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  • Paris incense factory explosion injures five, two seriously

    31 January 2017

    On January 30 an explosion in an incense factory in Montrouge, in the southern suburbs of Paris, left five people injured, two of whom were said by police to be in a serious condition. There were  twelve employees in the building at the time of the explosion....

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  • August gas plant explosion causes Christmas shortage of whipped cream across USA

    21 December 2016

    An explosion that killed one worker at the Airgas plant near Pensacola, Florida, on August 28, has resulted in a country-wide shorted of canned whipped cream and other popular toppings over the Christmas break, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The explosion destroyed two tankers and a large tank containing nitrous oxide, which is used as a preservative and a propellant in canned whipped products....

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  • Nine killed in Indian pharma plant explosion

    12 December 2016

    The death toll in the blast and subsequent fire at the Nitika Pharmaceutical Specialities plant in Nagpur, Maharashtra, rose to nine on December 11, with four others said to be in a critical condition. The first explosion on December 2 took place in a drier unit, and was followed by other blasts and a raging fire which quickly spread to other buildings on the site....

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  • South Carolina plastics plant explosion kills at least one

    07 December 2016

    A blast at the DAK Americas plant at Gaston in Lexington County, SC, killed at least one worker and injured several others, the local coroner’s office said. The plant makes a range of fibre, plastic and resins and has 430 employees....

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  • Fire at explosives factory could have killed more than 18 in South India

    02 December 2016

    Reports on December 2 in local media said at least 18 people were dead after a fire and blast at an explosives factory near Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu the previous day. The fire started in one of four manufacturing units at the factory and caused a huge explosion, which could be heard 5km from the factory and created panic in the surrounding area. ...

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Explosion at Brazil insecticide factory injures 16 29 November 2016

An explosion in an aerosol factory on the outskirts of Sao Paulo injured at least 16 people on November 28, according to local sources. Images in local media showed towering flames and thick clouds of black smoke rising from the factory in Diadema, about 20 kilometres south of the city centre....

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Damage awards climb towards $30 million for survivors of Williams Olefins plant explosion 18 November 2016

A Louisiana jury has awarded a combined $16.1 million in damages to four workers injured in the explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical facility at Geismar, LA, on June 13, 2013. The massive explosion killed two employees and injured another 167, many seriously. The explosion started a large fire and people two miles away were ordered to shelter in place....

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Tianjin company head receives suspended death sentence over fatal 2015 blast 10 November 2016

The head of a Chinese company received a suspended death sentence on November 9 for his involvement in a massive explosion at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin on 12 August 2015, which left 173 people dead and 798 injured. Yu Xuewei, chairman of Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for his role in the accident, according to Caixin Online....

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Fourth person dies after BASF chemical plant blast in Ludwigshafen 31 October 2016

Another firefighter has died after being injured in the October 17 blast at the BASF chemical complex in Ludwigshafen, south west Germany. The explosion and subsequent fire killed two other BASF firefighters as well as a Polish sailor on a nearby tanker ship. The body of the sailor was retrieved by divers from the bottom of the BASF plant harbour where the accident took place....

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CSB says poor safety culture led to fatal explosion in 2013 at Louisiana petrochemical plant 25 October 2016

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report into the 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two employees. The report concludes that process safety management program deficiencies at the Williams Geismar facility during the 12 years leading to the incident allowed a type of heat exchanger called a "reboiler" to be unprotected from overpressure, and ultimately rupture....

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