Carolina Health Products Plant Explosion Sends Workers
May 1, 2006
A dust explosion at a Fort Mill, South
Carolina plant injured two people early Tuesday morning.
The incident happened around 3:30a.m., at Leiner Health
Products on Crestmont Drive. The company makes health
products, vitamins and pain relievers.
Investigators said that workers were in a large two-story
mixing room, where they were mixing ingredients for ibuprofen.
They said it's possible that one of the mixing machines
created a spark and ignited some of the powder in the
room, and caused one of the ceilings and back wall to
Officials said the wall is designed to do that in the
event of an explosion.
One of the injured workers had minor face burns and was
taken to the Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville. Other
workers were evacuated and sent home, said plant officials.
Damages caused by the blast are estimated at $1 million.
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