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No injuries as tank collapses at INEOS chemical plant in US

27 October 2020

A tank collapsed at an INEOS chemical plant in the town of Lima, Ohio on October 25. No injuries were reported, however locals reported hearing an explosion from several miles away.

On social media, the Allen County Emergency Management Agency said “We are aware of a reported explosion at the INEOS complex. We have spoken to Shawnee FD and complex officials and there is no threat to the public.”

The Shawnee Township Fire Department attended the scene for several hours before saying that there was no threat to the wider public. Some locals said on social media that they felt the explosion while other heard the blast from several miles away.

A fire official told a local news site that the incident is under investigation. Shawnee Fire Department Platoon Chief Mike Hasenstaub said that the collapsed tank was no longer in service when the incident happened, however he did not say what the tank was holding.

INEOS’s Lima facility is located on a 92.4 acre site and is a major producer of industrial chemical products. The plants primary product, acrylonitrile, is manufactured by reacting ammonia, propylene and air over catalyst (amoxidation process). Acrylonitrile is a key ingredient in ABS, acrylamide, acrylic fibres for clothing, carpets and blankets, INEOS’s website says.

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