UpdateChem safety board to investigate fatal blast in Kentucky

22 March 2011 22:33  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is sending a team to investigate a fatal explosion at a calcium carbide plant in Louisville, Kentucky, the agency said on Tuesday.

Two workers were killed and two others were injured, the CSB said.

The explosion occurred on Monday at about 17:40 Louisville time (22:40 GMT), said John Gant, general manager for Carbide Industries.

A fire started at about 21:00 hours and burned through most of the night, Gant said. It was still smouldering on Tuesday.

The cause of the explosion is still being investigated, Gant said.

The CSB team will be lead by investigations supervisor John Vorderbrueggen, and will arrive in Louisville on Wednesday afternoon.

The CSB is a federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. It does not issue fines.

By: Al Greenwood
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