Accident Description

Accident: Kaltech Industries Waste Mixing Explosion

Location: Location: New York , NY

Accident Occurred On: 04/25/2002 | Final Report Released On: 09/30/2003

Accident Type: Reactive Incident

Investigation Status: The Board approved the final report on this investigation at a public meeting in New York City on September 30, 2003.

On April 25, 2002, an explosion occurred at Kaltech Industries, a sign manufacturer in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, injuring 36 people seriously enough to seek hospital treatment, including 14 members of the public. The explosion, which was the result of a reaction between waste chemicals, originated in the basement of a mixed-use commercial building and caused damage as high as the fifth floor.