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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.

January 9, 2020

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.

December 17, 2019

ExxonMobil Must Provide Information About California Refinery Explosion
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.

December 6, 2019

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.

November 22, 2019

Corroded Pipe Caused Philadelphia Refinery Disaster

Corroded Pipe Caused Philadelphia Refinery Disaster

Federal investigators believe a rupture pipe elbow was at fault in a June 2019 explosion and fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

October 16, 2019

Wisconsin Chief Awarded Red Adair Honor

Wisconsin Chief Awarded Red Adair Honor

Industrial Fire World magazine honored Superior, WI Fire Chief Steve Panger with its 2018 Red Adair Award in August in recognition of his department’s response to the April 26 fire and explosion that rocked the Husky Energy refinery in Superior.

October 1, 2018