Explosion at Airgas chemical plant in US; one killed

Explosion at Airgas chemical plant in US; one killed

6:10 AM, 30th August 2016
Explosion at Airgas chemical plant in US; one killed
Fire and rescue crews rush to the scene of an explosion at the Ascend Performance Materials Plant in Cantonment, US. © PNJ News

CANTONMENT, US: One employee was killed in a major explosion at Airgas’s nitrous oxide production facility in Cantonment, Florida (US). This facility is adjoining to Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC (Houston) site that produces nylon 6,6 and also supplies a mixture of gases to the Airgas plant, which Airgas uses to make nitrous oxide.

There were no other injuries or casualties’ reported.

Some gas was released into the atmosphere but did not pose any threat to the public. There were no gasses or chemicals released outside the industrial facility. There was no evacuations or shelter in place orders issued for residents living near the plant.

“Ascend personnel and contractors are all safe and accounted for at this time. Ascend’s site operations continue to operate safety,” the company said in a statement.

“Ascend is currently working with local authorities and first responders. According to Escambia County Emergency Management officials, at this time there are no off-site impacts and area residents do not need to take any precautionary measures. Ascend’s facilities located near the event may have sustained some damage, which Ascend will assess after the completion of all necessary emergency response procedures,” the company added.

The investigation is under the lead of the Florida State Marshal’s Office.

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