Titanium Plant Blast Kills One

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 @ 03:04 PM gHale

A 27-year-old Lancaster County, PA, man died after an explosion Friday night at a manufacturing plant in Caernarvon Township, officials said.

Jacob J. Lopez of Ephrata Township died at 12:22 a.m. Saturday morning after the blast at Timet, a titanium plant.

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According to Caernarvon Township police:

“An explosion was reported at 10:59 p.m. in the plant’s melt shop.

“When police arrived at 11:05 p.m., the explosion was over, and there was no fire.

“Two were transported to Reading Hospital and a third person drove to the hospital.”

A state police fire marshal’s office and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Harrisburg is investigating the cause of the explosion.

This was the second major emergency in less than two years at Timet, which was the scene of a three-alarm fire in June 2013.

About 200 firefighters from two dozen companies in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties responded to that blaze, which state police ruled accidental. Investigators said it caused about $3.5 million in damage.

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