A devastating explosion Tuesday afternoon at an automotive plastics plant in Ottaviano, Italy, killed one worker and injured two, states the Facebook page for the country’s chief firefighting agency.
Video posted by Vigili del Fuoco shows a shattered industrial complex complete with wrecked cars, collapsed fencing and roofs stripped to the structural steel. Likewise, video posted to YouTube by nearby residents shows extensive damage to nearby homes.
Adler Plastics, based in Ottaviano, is a multi-national corporation with 58 plants in 19 countries. The company specializes in plastics used for acoustic and thermal comfort in high value automobiles
Authorities identified the single fatality as Vincenzo Lanza, 55, from Ottaviano. The injured workers were taken to hospitals in Nola and Cardarelli.
What one newspaper described as a “crazy roar” heard more than 10 kilometers away preceded the 4 p.m. blast. That same publication, Il Riformista, said the blast originated in a portion of the facility occupied by ovens used to heat the plastics.
Air quality monitoring of the black smoke rising from the wreckage is in progress, officials said.