Accident Description

Accident: Optima Belle LLC Explosion and Fire

Location: Location: Belle, WV

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

Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The CSB's investigation is currently underway.

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.