1 killed in explosion at Anson County plant
The call came in from Little Duncan Road on Thursday night.
ANSON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A worker was killed in a chemical explosion at an Anson County plant on Thursday night, officials said.
According to a county official, the call came in from the Darling Ingredients on Little Duncan Road around 9:15 p.m.
Once at the scene, firefighters were met with heavy smoke and determined the chemical to be aluminum chloride solution.
Firefighters believe the explosion involved between 20 and 25 gallons of solution but did not discover any fire.
Officials said one worker had been initially unaccounted for and was later found dead. He has not yet been identified.
The plant will remain closed until the investigation is complete.
Following the incident, Darling Ingredients released the statement below:
“On June 22, an incident occurred at an ancillary building at our Wadesboro, NC facility. One employee was fatally injured. We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our employees. Our hearts and prayers go to the family, friends and coworkers of our team member.”
All roads in the area have been reopened.
Based on information from Harvard University, aluminum chloride is an odorless compound and looks like salt. It can react violently with water, and can be harmful if it comes in contact with skin or is ingested.
Officials said there is no danger to the public.
The Charlotte Fire Department assisted the Wadesboro Fire Department with the situation.
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