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Chemical cylinder explosion in Laverton North

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14 Sep 2010
Over 145 people were evacuated from A Gas Pty. Ltd, and nearby premises, this morning following an explosion in a chemical cylinder.

One person was transported to hospital suffering the effects of inhaling the ammonia product. The explosion occurred after a 65 litre cylinder holding ammonia was contaminated with another product causing the reaction.

MFB firefighters wearing fully encapsulated gas suits entered the production plant, located the cylinder and commenced venting the premises. The atmospheric conditions were also monitored with detectors used by firefighters. During this assessment it was found that other cylinders had been damaged by the explosion (some of which contained methyl bromide). Each cylinder in a large stack had to be handled and assessed making this a protracted incident.

Worksafe, EPA, DHS, police and ambulance all assisted on site.

Whilst the incident is under control MFB firefighters will remain on scene until late this afternoon to continue to evaluate and ensure the cylinders remain stable.

TIME: 08:57 CALL No.: 4041

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 12
No. of FIREFIGHTERS: approx. 45
OFFICER - IN - CHARGE: ACFO Andrew Zammit
ORIGINATOR: MFB Communications Controller – Heather Stockton

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au



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