Tuesday 17 October 2017

Probe into gas plant blast cause

Firefighters walk through an area of exploded propane cylinders in the aftermath of blasts and a fire at a gas company (AP)
Firefighters walk through an area of exploded propane cylinders in the aftermath of blasts and a fire at a gas company (AP)

Equipment malfunction and human error are among the possible causes of a series of explosions which sparked a massive fireball at a propane plant in Florida, leaving eight people injured.

But Tavares fire chief Richard Keith said sabotage was not suspected.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into Monday's incident at the Blue Rhino propane plant in Tavares, a town north-west of Orlando, as did the Florida State Fire Marshal's office.

No-one was killed but eight employees were injured, four of them seriously. The injured include a worker who was hit by a car on a nearby road while fleeing the explosions.

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