Explosion at Alabama Chemical Plant Kills 1

September 27, 2018

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.

Topics Alabama Chemicals

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