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Water treatment plant explosion injures one person

07 November 2023

An explosion at a water treatment plant in Texas, US injured one person on 2 November. The incident happened in the city of Graham in north-central Texas after a leak from a chemical storage tank.

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The explosion happened at around 12:10 local time and led to the shutdown of water producing capabilities at the Graham Water Treatment Plant. A local official said that a non-city employee at the plant was injured and was taken to hospital with non-critical injuries.

Following an initial investigation, it is believed that a rupture in a storage tank led to a spill of around 9,400 litres of liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite) which then ignited. Officials said that the spill was confined to the plant itself and that a full investigation would be carried out to determine how the rupture happened.

Water use restrictions were put in place across the city of Graham while a team from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality attended the scene and assisted in getting the plant’s water treatment process back online.

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