Pittsburgh Plant Explosion: 2 dead, 1 injured in Zinc Smelting Plant Blast

07/23/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Pittsburgh, PA—Two people were killed during a Thursday, July 22, 2010 explosion at a zinc smelting plant in western Pennsylvania. Beaver County emergency dispatchers were alerted of the explosion at around 4:30 p.m., at the Horse Corp. facility, which injured at least one other person, reports the Associated Press.

According to Beaver County officials, the explosion involved a refinery column that produces zinc oxide. The blast killed a total of two people. One of the deceased workers was originally thought to be missing. Another worker complained of neck pain and was transported by responding emergency crews to an area hospital for treatment. No other injuries among the 600 workers were immediately reported.

Officials are currently withholding the cause of death for the two deceased victims, because of pending autopsies and family notifications.

Horsehead spokesperson Ali Alavi said, “Despite initial reports that a fire had broken out, my understanding was that there was no fire. There was an explosion, but no resulting fire.”

A full investigation into the cause of the explosion is currently underway. Officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are expected to arrive at the scene to conduct a full investigation as well.

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