Two workers suffered injuries from exposure to chemicals after an early-morning explosion at an industrial gas company in Branchburg, New Jersey, officials said.

The explosion took place Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. at Air Liquide on the 100 block of Meister Avenue, Branchburg police said. The cause of the explosion is under investigation, though it appears accidental, said Capt. Edward Edgar.

“I can confirm that there are no known, reported, and/or suspected indications of anything of a suspicious nature at this time,” Edgar said. Two other people underwent medical evaluation at the scene, but declined further treatment, he said.

France-based Air Liquide describes itself as a “world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and healthcare.” It supplies industrial gases and services to medical, chemical and electronic manufacturers.

Air Liquide suspended operations in Branchburg and will only resume once the company determines all relevant safety conditions are fully met.

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The company said in a statement it “extends its most sincere concern and support to its employees and their families.”

Following the incident, Air Liquide Advanced Materials Inc. promptly enacted its emergency plan.

“Air Liquide Advanced Materials Inc. is fully committed to the safety and welfare of our employees and our community.”

Branchburg police along with the township’s office of emergency management and Air Liquide Safety personnel were still at the scene at 8:30 a.m. but departed around noon, officials said. All roads have re-opened.


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