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Tennessee chemical plant blast injures two

24 September 2012

Police in Memphis said on September 24 that an explosion inside a chemical plant in the north of the city had injured two workers, sending them to hospital with severe burns. Two employees of Penn Specialty Chemicals (Penn A Kem) received critical injuries in the accident that took place around 1 a.m. Apparently 12 people were on site at the time of the explosion.

Fire officials said the explosion involved furfurylamine and methyl alcohol. The company's website describes furfurylamine as a liquid used in engine cleaning formulations.

Those in the area were initially warned to stay inside as a safety precaution, but what was thought to be a chemical cloud was confirmed as smoke and restrictions were lifted later that morning.

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