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Barton Solvents Flammable Liquid Explosion and Fire
FINAL REPORT: Case Study
Location: Des Moines, IA
Accident Occurred On: 10/29/2007
Final Report Released On: 09/18/2008
Accident Type: Chemical Distribution - Fire and Explosion
Company Name: Barton Solvents

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Accident Description
On October 29, 2007, a fire and series of explosions occurred at the Barton Solvents chemical distribution facility in Des Moines, Iowa, . The initial fire started in the packaging area while a 300-gallon portable steel tank was being filled with ethyl acetate, a flammable solvent.
Investigation Status
The CSB completed its investigation on September 18, 2008, and issued a case study report.


 

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