Accident Description

Accident: Imperial Sugar Company Dust Explosion and Fire

Location: Location: Port Wentworth, GA

Accident Occurred On: 02/07/2008 | Final Report Released On: 09/24/2009

Accident Type: Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire

Investigation Status: The CSB's final report was released at a public meeting in Savannah, GA on September 24, 2009.

On February 7, 2008, a huge explosion and fire occurred at the Imperial Sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, Georgia, causing 14 deaths and injuring 38 others, including 14 with serious and life-threatening burns. The explosion was fueled by massive accumulations of combustible sugar dust throughout the packaging building.