Accident Description

Accident: Barton Solvents Flammable Liquid Explosion and Fire

Location: Location: Des Moines, IA

Accident Occurred On: 10/29/2007 | Final Report Released On: 09/18/2008

Accident Type: Chemical Distribution - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The CSB completed its investigation on September 18, 2008, and issued a case study report.

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.