Dust Blast Forces Workers to Evac MI Plant

Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 03:01 PM gHale

A dust explosion and fire at the NPR of America Inc. manufacturing plant in Grand Haven Township, MI Saturday forced the evacuation of workers from the site, officials said.

Three fire departments responded to the incident at 5 p.m. finding workers had already evacuated the smoke-filled 120,000-sq-ft plant.

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The fire broke out in the site’s dust collection system and another small fire in the plant’s exhaust system where fine particles collected in the bend of a pipe, said Lt. Matt Schweitzer of the Grand Haven Township Fire Rescue.

Schweitzer said initial reports suggested an explosion ended up sparked during maintenance on the dust collector. Staff told firefighters they saw a “30-foot-long fire ball” in the wake of the explosion that quickly went out. Once the ignition took place, it was similar to a chimney fire, Schweitzer said.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

NPR manufactures piston rings, pistons, cylinder liners, and valve seat inserts for the automotive industry.

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