AZ Smelter Shuts Down after Breach

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 12:11 PM gHale

A Miami, AZ, smelter shut down after molten copper breached a processing vessel, causing a fire and explosions but no injuries, officials said.

The incident occurred late Wednesday night in Miami, which is about 70 miles east of Phoenix, said spokesman Eric Kinneberg of Phoenix-based Freeport McMorRan Inc.

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Kinneberg said the molten material that spilled on the ground inside and around a building ended up contained and is no longer flowing.

A.J. Howell of the Tri-City Fire District said explosions heard and felt by residents of Miami and the neighboring communities of Globe and Claypool happened when the molten copper came in contact with water.

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