Accident Description

Accident: NDK Crystal Inc. Explosion with Offsite Fatality

Location: Location: Belvidere, IL

Accident Occurred On: 12/07/2009 | Final Report Released On: 11/14/2013

Accident Type: Community Impact

Investigation Status: The CSB's investigation report was approved by a 3-0 vote at a public meeting on November 14, 2013, in Rockford, IL.

A large explosion at the NDK America Inc. plant launched debris 300 yards fatally injuring a member of the public. Two individuals were reported to have sustained minor injuries and were treated onsite. The facility is a manufacturer of quartz crystals in Belvidere, Illinois, approximately 60 miles northwest of Chicago.