Fireworks / Armaments / Explosions

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Two killed, 15 injured in blast at Polish gunpowder factory

POLAND, MĄKOLNO, MAY 18 2017.  TWO KILLED, 15 INJURED IN BLAST AT POLISH GUNPOWDER FACTORY

Two people died and 15 were injured in a massive explosion at a gunpowder factory in southwest Poland on Wednesday. Police said the remains of two people were recovered from the ruins of a factory building which collapsed after the blast. Rescuers were combing rubble to check if any further victims were still buried. Four people were taken away by ambulances, while others who were injured received medical assistance at the site, in the village of Mąkolno. The victims were hit by flying shards. Twenty-two teams of firefighters were called to the scene of the blast, including a search and rescue group. The families of those who died were offered the help of psychologists. Polish media reported that a cloud of smoke was visible from a distance of several kilometres from the factory after the blast, which took place at about 10am on Wednesday. Read more...

 

Worker Injured In Explosion At Montgomery Co. Wood Plant

USA, N.C, MONTGOMERY CO. MAY 18 2017.  WORKER INJURED IN EXPLOSION AT MONTGOMERY CO. WOOD PLANT DIES

One of the workers injured in a wood plant explosion in Montgomery County has died, Mohawk Industries announced.  The company confirmed Mr. Seedy Bah died around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday from his injuries. The explosion happened at the Unilin Wood Products Plant near Mount Gilead in Montgomery County around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Two workers were taken to the UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill. Mohawk Industries said the other employee that was injured, Mr. Raymond Thompson, is still receiving care in a trauma center. The company says it is cooperating with the local fire department and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration during the investigation. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Mohawk Industries says nothing of this magnitude has ever happened at the plant. Read more...

 

 

EXPLOSIONS KILL SEVEN AT CARTAGENA SHIPYARDS
(FLAMMABLE GASES ACCUMULATED WITHIN THE HULLS OF THE TWO BARGES, LEADING TO THE EXPLOSIONS)

 

On Wednesday, a series of explosions tore through two barges at two different shipyards near Cartagena, Columbia, killing seven and wounded 23. A spokesperson for the Cartagena Fire Department told AFP that there were three explosions at two yards: Cotecmar Mamonal, a naval yard owned by a public-private partnership, and Astivik, a small commercial repair yard. The facilities are located about two miles apart in an industrial district south of Cartagena. Nearly-simultaneous explosions at two separate shipyards are an unusual coincidence, but police are investigating the incident as an accident, not an act of terrorism or sabotage. Captain José Magallanes, the head of Cartagena's fire department, said that his investigators believe that flammable gases accumulated within the hulls of the two barges, leading to the explosions. Bomb squad technicians determined that the blasts were not caused by explosive devices, and no ties between the separate incidents have been found. The dead include yard employees Luis Cervantes Yepes, Manuel Montes Guardo, Carlos Arturo Castro Ledesma and Óscar Castro Morillo. 16 individuals remain hospitalized, including three with severe burns. One firefighter was wounded during the response effort. Read more...

 

 

Fire at Union Twp. fireworks company ruled arson

USA, PA, UNION TWP, MAY 20 2017.  FIRE AT UNION TWP. FIREWORKS COMPANY RULED ARSON

State Police in Berks County has released more details in a fireworks explosion and fire. Investigators now say a fire at a fireworks company in Union Township was a case of arson. The fire broke out May 10 at International Fireworks in the 300 block of Shed Road. Two trailers storing fireworks went up in flames. The explosions could be heard from a mile away. State police said two brush fires were also reported nearby on different days. Officials said all three of the fires appear to have been intentionally set. Police have not yet announced any charges in any of these fires. They say the investigation is ongoing. Read more...

 

 

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