Three people suffered injuries after a sodium hydroxide tanker exploded at Royal Chemical in Macedonia, Ohio, with one of the victims has “life-threatening injuries.”

Fire crews responded to the company in the 8600 block of South Freeway Dr. May 15 at 11:40 a.m. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the tanker explosion.

Macedonia Fire Chief Brian Ripley said the explosion occurred while workers were in the process of loading a truck outside the building with sodium hydroxide.

As a result of the explosion, two workers ended up rushed to the hospital, including one with life-threatening injuries, according to the Macedonia Fire Department. A third worker ended up treated at the scene and later released.

The individual with severe life-threatening burns remains hospitalized, the city said in a release.

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Macedonia Mayor Nick Molnar assured residents they were safe. The chemical luckily did not get into a nearby stream.

Progress has been made cleaning up the sodium hydroxide that spilled during the Wednesday morning incident, the city said. Cleveland-based EnviroServe is leading the cleanup, under guidance from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The chemical spill ended up contained by the Summit County HazMat team right after the blast, the city said. The cleanup of the property and the surrounding environment includes a drainage ditch near the building, as well as the decontamination and removal of any nearby vehicles affected by the explosion.

A tanker ended up ripped in halft after a sodium hydroxide explosion at Royal Chemical in Macedonia, Ohio.
Source: News 5 Cleveland

There was no fire, but the explosion ripped the tanker in half.

Half of the tanker ended up inside the building and the other half ended up outside, Ripley said. In addition, showing the force of the blast, pieces of the tanker ended up located across the property and on the roof.

There are five Royal Chemical plants in the United States, but this is the only one in Ohio.


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