Chemical Blast Investigation Underway

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ 05:12 PM gHale

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a chemical explosion and fire over the weekend at an oil recycling plant in Canton, OH.

Fire investigators returned to Hydrodec North America LLC Monday morning to try and determine what caused the explosion at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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The plant reprocesses used transformer oil from electric utilities. Because of the liquid hydrogen stored on site, crews had to exercise extreme caution when battling the blaze. The odorless, colorless, and extremely flammable substance was a major concern.

“There was some content that was hazardous in there,” said Battalion Chief Carl Jordan. “So we started defensive. We got it contained.”

Two employees were inside the transformer at the time and heard the explosion. They launched an emergency shutdown and made it out safely. The building houses oil, ammonia and liquid hydrogen—but there were no neighborhood evacuations.



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