29 August 2008 15:04 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Bayer CropScience confirmed reports on Friday that one worker died and a second one was injured in an explosion and fire at its West Carbamoylation Center near Charleston, West Virginia.
The explosion occurred at around 10:25 pm local time on Thursday, resulting in a chemical release in the immediate area of the structure which developed into a fire several minutes later, the company said in a statement to ICIS news.
The fire was brought under control by emergency response personnel from the site and was extinguished at about 2:00 am.
At about the same time, a "shelter in place" issued by authorities for the communities surrounding the site was lifted and roadways in the area were reopened, Bayer said.
Monitoring of the air in and around the site showed no chemical exposure either on or off the site, it said.
Employees had assured the integrity of the piping, tanks and equipment in and around the other operating facilities of the site, it added.
The company did not comment on the type of products it made at the site or on impacts on production.
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