Accident involving a runaway reaction - issue 259

Issue Number: 259


In 2007 a batch manufacture of a fuel additive suffered a temperature excursion. The relief vent operated and the reactor burst releasing highly-flammable contents which exploded. Four people were killed and 32 injured, including 28 members of the public. The facility was destroyed, and buildings damaged up to ¼-mile from the site. This paper summarises the findings of the US Chemical Safety Board inspectors with additional comments by the author.

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