Chemical plant explosion kills one employee

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Updated: 4/25 6:32 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- An explosion inside a Sparks chemical plant claimed a life on Friday. It happened at Sierra Chemical Company on Larkin Circle around 8 a.m.

According to the Sparks Police Department, the victim of this explosion was a male Sierra Chemical employee from Sparks. REMSA officials arrived around 8:30 a.m., and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The unidentified Sierra Chemical employee was testing a 550-gallon tank when it exploded. "Very rare," said Sgt. Mike McCreary. "I talked to one gentleman on site who has been here for 16 years, and he said he's never seen one of these tanks do that, so, pretty rare."

The tank held compressed air and the worker was checking it for leaks.

The Sparks Police Department said the man was recently employed with the company. "There was only a handful of employees on site here, and he was out here by himself in this area when this happened doing the pressure check on this tank."

The Sparks Police Department has finished its industrial accident death investigation, and OSHA is conducting a separate investigation of the incident, too.

"Its hard to say right now," said McCreary. "Like I was saying, we don't know if there was some sort of defect in the tank, if it was over pressurized, its too early to say that right now."

No chemicals or fire were involved in the explosion, and no other employees were injured.

According to the Sparks Police Department, there is no current danger to the public, and foul play is not suspected at this time.
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BR549 - 4/28/2014 5:31 PM
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Seems like someone gets killed at Sierra Chemical about every 10 years or so.
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