Massive Explosion & Chemical Fire at Westbury Factory
Explosion led to a tragic incident for most families in Westbury factory.
A massive chemical plant explosion in Westbury factory on Tuesday early morning. A lot of families are suffering and some families are depressed. Neil Junio, Student Journalist
On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, Shop-C section of the Westbury factory was destroyed due to the massive chemical plant explosion caused by some of the workers’ negligence.
According to the company, the chemical methanol was being unloaded from a rail-car when the explosion occurred. Methanol is a highly flammable, toxic, wood alcohol. American citizen Jessica Lee says 108 people were killed, 200 were injured, and over 50 of them lost their eyes.
“My husband was there when the explosion happened, it’s hard to accept the fact that he’s gone, but me and our children has to move on” said Lee.
The section of the factory that was destroyed cost $2M to build. The manager of the factory won’t sue anyone because of how hard the workers work every day. The whole factory was shut down for maintenance the same time the explosion happened. The company is planning to close the factory until further notice. The CEO of the Westbury factory will hold a candlelight vigil this coming Saturday around 10 in the morning for those who have lost their love ones. “We have a new worker here in the factory, and he might be involved in this explosion due to his lack of care to the machines, etc” said Ray.
Firefighters from the Newton Abbott Fire Company, the Hamburg police, and ECC security evacuated the building and took as many as possible survivors that they can get out.
ECC says it hopes to reopen the chemical factory for work early next week.
A lot of families are suffering from pain because of the explosion that occurred yesterday and some families are depressed.
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