Monday, January 24, 2022

Explosion at an Illinois chemical manufacturing plant

Credit: CBS Chicago
Via the Associated Press: 

HAMPSHIRE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a chemical explosion at a northern Illinois manufacturing plant killed one person and left another critically injured.

Hampshire Fire Protection District Chief Trevor Herrmann says the incident occurred about 10:45 a.m. Friday when two employees at the W. R. Meadows building materials plant in Hampshire were cleaning a tank inside one of the buildings.

Herrmann tells the Chicago Tribune it’s not clear yet what type of chemicals were involved or what might have triggered the accident. He says W. R. Meadows manufactures asphalt and concrete products for building construction.

Curious to know what happened here. Condolences to the families of the victims. 

1 comment:

  1. my first guess would be ignition of a flammable solvent vapor, or a heating gas leak. Maybe the ventilation was poor and electric spark ignited it. From the picture it does not look like a big blast


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