Over Pressurized Tank Ruptures in VA

Friday, January 30, 2015 @ 06:01 PM gHale

An over pressurized 100,000-gallon sulfuric acid tank at a Honeywell plant in Hopewell, VA, ruptured causing an evacuation of employees.

The incident involved a tank that was not in service at the time, said Honeywell spokesman Peter Dalpe. The tank was undergoing cleaning for inspection when the top flipped off the tank and ruptured, he said.

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Honeywell’s internal emergency response teams responded immediately at 11 a.m. when the incident occurred. By 12:17 p.m, the emergency cleared and the evacuation lifted. There were no injuries reported.

Hopewell Fire Chief Donald Hunter said the fire department responded to the incident to help suppress the released vapors. Hunter said Honeywell personnel put water in the tank as a preventive measure.

“The vapors that were there were controlled by them (Honeywell) by water spray and it did not leave the general area, it stayed inside their facility,” Hunter said.

Honeywell tested the air to assure residents no sulfuric acid released. “Sensors in the plant and testing done in the immediate area of the incident showed no detectable levels of sulfuric acid in the air,” Dalpe said.

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