Accident Description

Accident: Morton International Inc. Runaway Chemical Reaction

Location: Location: Patterson, NJ

Accident Occurred On: 04/08/1998 | Final Report Released On: 08/16/2000

Accident Type: Reactive Incident

Investigation Status: The final report on this investigation was approved August 16, 2000.

On April 8, 1998, an explosion and fire occurred during the production of Automate Yellow 96 Dye at the Morton International Inc. plant in Paterson, New Jersey. The explosion and fire were the consequence of a runaway reaction, which overpressurized a 2000-gallon chemical vessel and released flammable material that ignited. Nine employees were injured.