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Oct 15, 2003 12:00 AM

Investigators Present Final Report On First Chemical Corp. Explosion - Cite Inadequate Safety Systems, Lack of Warning Devices

(Pascagoula, Mississippi, October 15, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have concluded that the October 2002 plant explosion here occurred because First Chemical Corporation had not effectively evaluated the hazards of a chemical process that ran out of control. The blast blew the top off a distillation tower that was approximately 145 feet tall and propelled tons of fiery debris in the air, raining down onto adjacent industrial facilities and narrowly missing nearby hazardous chemical tanks.

Jan 10, 2003 12:00 AM

Board Members To Brief Mississippi Community on First Chemical Plant Explosion

(Washington, DC - January 10, 2003) Members of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will conduct a community meeting 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, at Pascagoula (Miss.) City Hall to brief officials and the public on the explosion and fire at the nearby First Chemical plant that occurred last October 13.

Oct 23, 2002 12:00 AM

Board to Conduct Full Investigation of First Chem Explosion

(October 23, 2002 - Washington, DC) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will conduct a full investigation of the October 13th distillation tower explosion at First Chemical Corp. near Pascagoula, Mississippi, where CSB investigators are continuing to conduct interviews and collect other data.

Oct 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Board Deploys Field Investigation Team to Mississippi Accident Site

(October 16, 2002 - Washington, DC) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today deployed a field investigation team to the site of a chemical explosion at the First Chemical Corp. manufacturing facility near Pascagoula, Mississippi. The team, headed by lead investigator Steve Selk and accompanied by Board Member Dr. Gerald Poje, will review the circumstances of the Sunday morning explosion that seriously damaged a large nitrotoluene distillation tower and ignited fires in a storage tank and elsewhere. Three workers received minor injuries, and nearby residents were temporarily sheltered in place. The purpose of the initial field work will be to determine if the accident warrants a full-scale investigation, which would entail a thorough analysis of the event and its causes and of the safety systems in place at the plant. First Chemical Corp., a subsidiary of ChemFirst Inc., is a producer of aniline and nitrotoluene derivatives and intermediates.

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