Accident Description

Accident: EQ Hazardous Waste Plant Explosions and Fire

Location: Location: Apex, NC

Accident Occurred On: 10/05/2006 | Final Report Released On: 04/16/2008

Accident Type: Community Impact

Investigation Status: The CSB's final report was issued at a news conference on April 16, 2008.

Explosions and fire at a hazardous waste facility forced the evacuation of approximately 16,000 residents from Apex, North Carolina, on October 5, 2006. The incident likely began in the oxidizer section of the EQ North Carolina waste facility, where chemicals such as pool chlorination tablets were stored. The fire was allowed to burn out and the facility was destroyed.