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Explosion in Georgia Chemical Plant Kills Welder, Injures 2 Others

Federal and local authorities are investigating the cause of an industrial explosion at an Augusta, Georgia, chemical complex that killed one worker and injured two others Wednesday, Sept. 27. According to The Augusta Chronicle, the deadly explosion occurred at the DSM Chemical plant, a unit of the Dutch multinational chemical manufacturer that produces powder-coat paint resins. The explosion killed 29-year-old Steven Gonsalves of Beech Island, South Carolina. According to The Augusta Chronicle, Mr. Gonsalves was not an employee of DSM but he was in the plant performing welding work with the other workers who were injured. A spokesperson for the ... Read More

Eastman Chemical Plant Explosion on anniversary of Catastrophic Blast

On Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 2017 Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Tennessee, experienced a massive explosion 57 years to the date after another major explosion that still impacts workers today. In October 1960, Alex Looney, 21 at the time, was playing golf when he felt the effects of the massive blast from Eastman Chemical. The ground shook beneath his feet. “Then, of course, for the next several hours you heard sirens and saw all sorts of emergency vehicles,” Looney told News Channel 11. Little did he know that several good friends who worked at Eastman died that day. Kingsport Times-News called the ... Read More

Alabama Woman Says New LG Phone Burst Into Flames

An Alabama woman whose LG smartphone burst into flames is seeking compensation from the manufacturer, claiming the flaming device burned a hole in her living room carpet all the way to the wood floor beneath. Jefferson County resident Sharon Steele told Birmingham’s ABC 33 that she had the phone for about a month before something went horribly wrong with the device. “I heard sizzling, popping. I unplugged it and it got worse so I threw it on the floor. I didn’t want it to blow up in my face,” Steele told ABC 33. The phone burst into flames, so Ms. ... Read More

E-Cigarette Fire Forces Wizz Air Flight’s Emergency Landing

Investigators say an e-cigarette fire is to blame for a Wizz Air flight’s emergency landing in Keflavik, Iceland last month. Wizz Air Flight W6 1898 took off from Keflavik International Airport on Sept. 13 when a fire broke out aboard the airplane shortly after takeoff. The airplane was bound for Wroclaw, Poland with 147 passengers aboard. Wizz Air, a budget airline based in Hungary, radioed Keflavik air traffic controllers to report a fire emergency. At the time, the flight crew did not know the nature of the emergency, only that a fire of an unspecified origin had started to burn ... Read More

Man ‘Lucky to be Alive’ After E-Cigarette Explosion

A UK dad told reporters he is “lucky to be alive” after an e-cigarette stashed in his pocket exploded and set his clothes on fire. According to the South Wales Argus, Nathan Davies of Abergavenny, Wales, was driving with a friend last week when his e-cigarette burst into flames inside his pocket, causing the bottoms of his tracksuit to become engulfed in fire. Mr. Davies described the incident, telling the Argus that the e-cigarette “went off like a rocket.” “It just blew up, I haven’t got a clue why,” he told the Argus. Fortunately Mr. Davies’ friend had the good ... Read More

Soldier Shields Woman From Car Crash Explosion

A North Carolina woman was spared from serious injury or worse after a fiery head-on crash, thanks to the quick action of a National Guard sergeant who witnessed the accident. Charlotte’s WBTV Channel 3 reports that Staff Sergeant Cory Hinkle was driving home to Forest City, North Carolina from his National Guard Base in Charlotte when the car in front of him was involved in a head-on crash, sending smoke and debris everywhere. Sgt. Hinkle, an Iraq combat veteran, said his military training and battle instincts kicked in, and he knew the smoke engulfing the vehicle and the gasoline pouring ... Read More

15 Marines Injured, 5 Critically, After Amphibious Vehicle Explodes

Fifteen Marines were injured, including five in critical condition with burns and other injuries, after an amphibious assault vehicle they were riding in burst into flames during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, California. The amphibious vehicle was performing training exercises on land when the fire broke out and consumed the vehicle shortly after 9:30 Wednesday morning, the 1st Marine Division Public Affairs office said in a statement. There were 15 Marines aboard the vehicle at the time of the accident. The training incident involved members of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and troops with Charlie Co., 1st Battalion, 1st ... Read More

Chemical Plant Explosion Sends 13 People To Hospital

A southeastern Tennessee chemical plant will remain closed until safety officials can determine what caused a massive explosion that released a cloud of hydrochloric acid over a town a town and sent several people to the hospital with chemical burn injuries. The Sept. 7 explosion at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee, about 40 miles northwest of Chattanooga, was the second incident in a week to rock the plant and send workers to a nearby hospital. A Wacker official told the press that the two incidents were unrelated, but a joint investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosion Destroys Illinois Home, Killing One

Authorities in Lake County, Illinois said they recovered a badly burned body from the ruins of a home that exploded in Gurnee, Illinois Friday evening when a natural gas pipeline ruptured. Lake County Illinois authorities said they will have to use dental and DNA forensics to positively determine the identity of the person who died in the natural gas explosion, which completely leveled the home and damaged other homes nearby. Gurnee Fire Department Battalion Chief James Pellitteri said authorities who responded to the explosion did not initially think anyone was inside the suburban home but as they worked through the debris ... Read More

U.S. Researchers Create Lithium-ion Battery Without Fire, Explosion Risk

Could explosive lithium-ion batteries and all the injury and property damage they cause soon be a thing of the past? Researchers with the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed the world’s first lithium-ion battery that uses a salt-water electrolyte and hits the 4.0-volt mark needed for laptop computers and other household electronics without the risk of explosion and fire that traditional non-aqueous lithium-ions present. “In the past, if you wanted high energy, you would choose a non-aqueous lithium-ion battery, but you would have to compromise on safety. If you preferred safety, you could use an aqueous ... Read More