One person is dead following an explosion at a chemical plant in north Alabama.
Arab Fire Chief Ricky Phillips tells WHNT-TV that a contract worker died in a blast that happened Tuesday at Umicore Specialty Chemicals in Arab.
The explosion involved an empty sulfuric acid tank in a part of the plant that is still under construction. Authorities say a group of workers was making connections to the tank when the accident occurred.
Officials say there isn’t any danger to the public. The company’s website calls it a leader in recycling and refining cobalt and nickel specialty chemicals, which it also markets.
The victim’s name hasn’t been released.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate.
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