This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Wood pellet plant blast injures four in US

07 September 2021

An explosion at a wood pellet manufacturer in the state of Georgia, US injured four people on September 2. The incident happened at a plant belonging to Hazlehurst Wood Pellets near the town of Hazlehurst. Two of the injured were airlifted to hospital.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

All four of the injured were employees of Hazlehurst Wood Pellets. Two suffered extensive burns according to local officials and required an airlift to hospital, while the other two injuries were relatively minor. The Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office said that the incident occurred around 16:30 local time and that fire officials were also called to the scene.

The local fire chief told local news outlets that the cause of the blast is still unknown, however it is likely that some wood pellets overheated and the product on it ignited. Fire crews remained at the site until the following day in order to monitor for hot spots and prevent any reignition.
Fire Chief Wasdin added that firefighters were able to contain the resulting fire because Hazlehurst Wood Pellets had invested in a new suppression system just last year. Wasdin added that the system did what it was supposed to and therefore saved lives of both employees and firefighters.


Print this page | E-mail this page