Tank Explosion Injures 2 at Chemical Plant

Residents from several blocks away reported hearing the explosion.

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Explosion at chemical plant in Salt Lake City
A chemical tank exploded this morning at the Thatcher Chemical facility in Salt Lake City. Two workers were injured, and one was taken to the hospital.Image courtesy of fotocelia / iStock / Getty Images Plus

An explosion took place at a Salt Lake chemical company on Tuesday morning.

Firefighters received several reports of the explosion, which happened around 5:30 a.m. at Thatcher Chemical.

Salt Lake City Fire Division Chief Dan Walker said there is no hazard to the community and no chemicals were released into the air, reported KSL TV5 news.

Residents from several blocks away reported hearing the explosion, which Walker said was caused by one of the chemicals they work with at the facility and the tank ruputured, causing the explosion.

The explosion caused damage to the building, and two employees suffered minor injuries.

One of the two employees was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. The other was treated and released on scene.

Crews were assessing the damage to the structure and part of one road will be closed while investigators are on scene. After they are done, Thatcher will conduct an investigation.

Thatcher Chemical is a chemical manufacturer and distributor that serves various industries including food and dairy, agriculture, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, mining, construction, and others.

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