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Equipment Failure Blamed for Blast at Kansas Aircraft Plant

Equipment Failure Blamed for Blast at Kansas Aircraft Plant

A 64-foot-tall industrial autoclave that separated under 90 pounds per square inch pressure is being blamed for a massive nitrogen release on Dec. 27 in Wichita, Kansas, that blew apart a section of the Beechcraft aircraft plant, injuring 15 workers and contractors.

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Illinois Industrial Explosion Traced to Hydrogen Release

A silicon hydride emulsion made at a Waukegan, Illinois, chemical plant where four people were killed in a May 2019 explosion can produce hazardous amounts of flammable hydrogen gas under certain conditions, federal investigators revealed Wednesday.

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CSB Releases Midland Resource Recovery Final Report

Dangerous chemical reactions led to explosions that killed three people in two separate incidents at a West Virginia facility for decontaminating obsolete odorizer vessels, a U.S. Chemical Safety Board report issued Tuesday states.

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Texas Fire Marshal Pinpoints Cause of ITC Terminal Fire

Texas Fire Marshal Pinpoints Cause of ITC Terminal Fire

A report released by the Harris County Fire Marshal's office isolates the cause of the March 2019 terminal fire in Deer Park, Texas, as a mechanical failure at a key control point for an 80,000-gallon storage tank containing butane enriched naphtha.

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EPA Rescinds Regulations Approved After West, Texas, Explosion

Three years and nine months after an April 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people, all but three of them emergency responders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put new rules in place to prevent a disaster like it from ever happening again.

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Labor Day Blues in Philly

Irony is defined as expressing one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite. For an example look no further than the recent Labor Day celebration in Philadelphia barely two months after an explosion and fire closed the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex.