Accident Description

Accident: Optima Belle Explosion and Fire

Location: Location: Belle, WV

Accident Occurred On: 12/08/2020 | Final Report Released On: 07/06/2023

Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The CSB's investigation was released on July 6, 2023.

On Tuesday December 8, 2020, at approximately 10 pm EST an explosion occurred at Optima Chemical LLC in Belle, WV. The incident lead to one fatality and two injuries as well as a shelter-in-place for community members within a 2-mile radius of the facility.