It was reported that 50 tanks of acetylene, a highly flammable gas used in welding, exploded at a West Virginia Airgas location on Monday. Two workers were injured. Airgas is a distributor of specialty gases.
The explosion sent fireballs shooting "100 to 150 feet in the air" and forced a nearby business to evacuate. The tanks were being stored in a bay behind the facility and it was said that after the first tank exploded "it was like a chain reaction." After the explosion, OSHA was quickly on the scene.
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Two Injured in Airgas Plant Explosion
Last updated: 6/10/2013 6:08 PM
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