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Explosion Rocks Kansas City Chemical Facility

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 06:26 PM
This evening an explosion causing a 100 feet fireball in a chemical facility near Kansas city took place, cause yet unknown.
KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - An explosion and massive fire at a chemical storage facility near downtown Kansas City forced an evacuation and closed nearby roads, authorities and local media reports said on Wednesday.

Witnesses told the Kansas City Star newspaper the explosion shook windows.

"Windows shook, the building shook, like a bomb from a war zone. I hit the ground. Other guys ducked. There was about a 100-foot (30-meter) fireball in the sky," Mike Colmen of a nearby trucking company told the newspaper.

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At this point it is unclear what type of chemicals are stored in the facility, and if it poses an immediate threat to the environment. It is also not known if this was an accident or sabotage.

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At North Olive and Front streets, just four blocks from the plant, Chemcentral employee Bill Rohde emerged, shaken, from the complex. He said the initial blast knocked him off his feet.

Rohde said he had no idea how the fire began.

He said chemicals stored at the facility included mineral spirits, and numerous other more toxic chemicals. He said he was concerned that nearby rail cars filled with chemicals would also catch fire or explode.

Rohde said the worldwide company, which has been referred to in lawsuits as the world’s largest privately held distributor of industrial chemicals, had numerous stationary tanks at its local facility.

He said he was anxious about his nine co-workers at the plant, but he could not get close enough to check on their welfare. Soon after, authorities established a half-mile safety perimeter around the plant. A Kansas City police officer warned Rohde, “If you want to return to work here someday, you better move a half mile away.”

[edit on 7-2-2007 by Truth4hire]

[edit on 7-2-2007 by Truth4hire]


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