Explosion rocks Massachusetts adhesives plant, four injured

14 March 2011 15:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--An explosion on Sunday night at a Bostik adhesives plant in Middleton, Massachusetts, injured four employees and set the site ablaze for 90 minutes, officials said on Monday.

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said it was communicating with the state’s fire marshal and gathering details on the explosion, but that it had not sent an investigative team.

Bostik officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and a dispatcher with the Middleton Fire Department said the cause of the explosion was not known.

The employees’ injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

State Fire Marshal Steve Coan said air monitoring did not find “airborne chemical issues” in early testing, but that such monitoring would continue on Monday, according to the Boston Globe.

Officials from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were assisting with the investigation, which was expected to last at least through Monday, according to the Middleton Fire Department.

Bostik manufactures adhesives and sealants, according to its website.


By: Ben DuBose
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