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Explosions

Did the NTSB report ever tell us what caused the explosions in this accident 
Penny Arévalo April 30, 2014 at 03:13 AM
Do you mean in La Habra today? It's not really in Patch territory, but here's a wire story from City News Service about it: An explosion in a La Habra metal-polishing company today left 11 people injured, two critically with burns over about 90 percent of their bodies. Many of the victims suffered facial and forearm burns in the explosion at Gorilla's Polishing Corp. at 531 E. Commercial Way, according to Greg Siggins of Cal/OSHA, the state agency investigating the blast. Five of the victims were hospitalized at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, according to hospital spokesman John Murray. One was in critical condition and four others are in fair condition, Murray said. The two victims in critical condition suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of the body, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Scott Miller said. Emergency personnel responded to the explosion at 9:49 a.m., Los Angeles County fire Inspector Keith Mora said. The L.A. County Fire Department covers the Orange County community under contract. The fire was largely under control within about a half-hour, but investigators remained at the scene to determine the cause of the explosion and fire, Mora said. The blaze started in a ducting system that had lint and dust buildup, Miller said. It has not been determined what caused the fire, he added. Under the right conditions, dust, or suspended particulate -- typically sawdust, coal dust or grain dust, but also some metal dusts -- can ignite explosively. The company settled allegations related to seven violations on Jan. 15, 2012, according to Cal/OSHA records. The company paid $1,975 in fines to settle the violations, which apparently involved deficiencies in an injury- and illness-prevention program, a workers' compensation claim and hazardous substances controls.

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