Chemical Safety Incidents
Water Plant Blast Cause: Fan Failure
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ 12:02 PM gHale
An explosion and fire in a sewage treatment facility in Quincy, MA, that injured five workers was the result of a mechanical failure of an industrial circulation fan.
The state Fire Marshal’s office and the Quincy Fire Department said the fan’s failure led to the release of a sulfur-based dust cloud, which exploded and led to the fire Monday at the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority’s Nut Island Headworks in Quincy.
The area where the fire occurred is several stories underground.
Five MWRA workers suffered smoke inhalation and ended up treated and released at a local hospital.
The workers were performing maintenance on an odor-control system at the time.
Authorities said there was never any danger to the public.