Explosions at Gas Well, Chem Firm

Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 05:07 PM gHale


Safety issues continue to rise as two separate companies suffered explosions last week.

In one blast, odors and irritants that drifted into the Clara, MS, area following the Thursday night explosion of a Mississippi gas well have dissipated.

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The gas well was leaking hydrogen sulfide, a colorless, flammable, irritant with a rotten egg smell, Waite said. Officials evacuated the area around the site.

Waite said odors began reaching northern Washington and Southern Choctaw Counties around 10 p.m. and there were multiple reports of an H2S odor in the northern half of Clarke County beginning at 3 a.m. Friday morning.

Clarke Mobile Gas is currently assisting Clarke County EMA in monitoring the levels in Clarke County.

Meanwhile, a hydrogen peroxide explosion at Organix Inc. in Woburn, MA, sent one person to the hospital, according to the Woburn Fire Department.

Organix is a Massachusetts-based research and development company that specializes in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry.

The injured person went to a local hospital and the condition wasn’t immediately available.

The explosion did not cause a fire, a Woburn dispatcher said.



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