Steam Blast near OH Steel Plant

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 @ 01:10 PM gHale

There was a steam explosion last Wednesday night near the TimkenSteel plant in Perry Township, OH, police said.

Shortly after 8 p.m., a steam explosion occurred in an outdoor area managed by Levy Company. Police are calling it an industrial accident.

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One Levy employee suffered a minor injury, but the victim ended up evaluated at the scene and released.

Witnesses also reported hearing an explosion near the plant.

TimkenSteel released the following statement:

“At approximately 8:05 p.m. on Wednesday (10.21), an apparent steam explosion occurred at the Faircrest Steel Plant in an outdoor area managed by Levy Company. TimkenSteel responders, supported by Perry Township Fire Department, were onsite and put out several spot fires which caused moderate damage to equipment outside the plant. A Levy employee was evaluated at the scene, but no treatment was needed. The situation is under control and the plant is still operating.”

Levy provides slag management services onsite at Faircrest. Slag is a byproduct from the melt process.