Accident Description

Accident: Praxair Flammable Gas Cylinder Fire

Location: Location: St. Louis, MO

Accident Occurred On: 06/24/2005 | Final Report Released On: 06/15/2006

Accident Type: Chemical Distribution - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The Board issued a Safety Bulletin on this report at a news conference in St. Louis on June 15, 2006.

On June 24, 2005, fire swept through thousands of flammable gas cylinders at the Praxair gas repackaging plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Dozens of exploding cylinders were launched into the surrounding community and struck nearby homes, buildings, and cars, causing extensive damage and several small fires.