Liquid Transfer Terminals in Bainbridge, Georgia was the site of an explosion on Wednesday morning, August 19, resulting in a fire and massive amounts of black smoke pouring from the plant. Roads around the area were closed until as late as 5 p.m. due to the potential exposure to hazardous chemicals. Neighborhoods close to the plant were evacuated and schools in the area were on lockdown to protect children from exposure.
The explosion reportedly killed one man while he was welding at the top of the plant. The explosion is suspected to have been initiated due to a spark from this welding. Another worker was on his way to relieve the welder from his position when the explosion occurred. The second worker is reportedly uninjured.
The fire was extinguished by 2:30 p.m. on the same day, however, officials kept a diligent watch on the area as smoke continued to flow from the plant as chemicals burned down.
According to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office, an explosion last night at Flowchem, a chemical plant that uses synthetic rubber to make a pipeline additive, caused a massive, 12-alarm fire that involved the entire plant. Multiple area fire departments responded to the fire, and residents living within two miles of the plant were asked to shelter in place. This request was lifted around 2 am. Thankfully, there are no reported injuries at this time, as there were no workers inside the plant at the time of the explosion. The Harris County Fire Marshall plans to visit the site this morning in an attempt to determine what caused the fire.
On Monday afternoon, around 1pm, an explosion at a local chemical plant called AkzoNobel in La Porte, Texas resulted in a fire.
Smoke clouds could be seen from miles away, according to reports on the incident. These smoke clouds prompted emergency responders to arrive and evacuate the building quickly. The fire took 45 minutes to be brought under control by responders. The chemical company employs between 80 and 100 workers, all of which were evacuated.
One worker was injured in the accident, and was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment. Further information on the worker’s condition is not known at this time.
Representatives for the chemical plant say that “it’s too early” to determine the cause of the fire, though it has been confirmed that the burning material was magnesium oxide, which is not toxic. Workers returned to their jobs later in the afternoon.
This event comes less than one month after another explosion in LaPorte resulted in the death of one worker.