Several Injured in N.C. Chemical Plant Explosion
MORGANTON, N.C. — An explosion at a chemical plant left six people injured Tuesday and nearby residents were urged to stay indoors until officials determined the type of chemicals involved in the blast.
At least two of the injured were taken to a hospital after the explosion at the Synthron Inc. plant shortly after 11:30 a.m., officials said.
Firefighters were on the scene and police urged residents to stay inside. Authorities called residents near the plant to tell them to close their windows and turn off their ventilation and heating systems while hazardous materials crews figure out what chemicals were possibly in the air, said Lisa Propst, a communications manager for Burke County emergency services.
Officials don't know what caused the explosion, Propst said.
Synthron is a subsidiary of Paris-based Protex International, a company that manufactures specialty chemicals in the United States, Europe, Asia and North Africa.
Morganton is about 70 miles northwest of Charlotte.
I know there are a few of us in Morganton
That's some bad juju. Gets my Hazmat string puckered and wanting to make a road trip with a team.
anyone we know at this point affected? hopefully not.