Chemical safety agency The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Identification Board (CSB) announced that it is dispatching personnel to Yenkin-Majestic Paints manufacturing plant in Columbus, OH after an explosion and fire killed one person and injured eight others in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“According to initial reports, an explosion and two-alarm fire erupted at the paint plant around midnight on Thursday April 8th. Approximately forty employees were believed to be working on site at the time of the incident -- one of those employees was killed and eight were transported to area hospitals for injuries,” the CSB wrote in a release. “The blast shook neighboring buildings and at least one nearby business sustained damage.”
The agency said it will provide updates as information becomes available.
Emergency personnel were sent to the site after the explosion occurred and a two-alarm fire ignited at about midnight, Powder & Bulk Solids reported in an earlier story. Initial reports said one person was unaccounted for. The body of a 44-year-old worker was later recovered.