Emergency responders raced to the Armorock Polymer Concrete manufacturing plant near Boulder City, NV on Monday morning in response to an explosion and fire on site. The plant, some seven miles southeast of the city, is used to manufacture “polymer concrete manholes and other precast concrete structures made for corrosive environments,” according to the Armorock website. It’s currently unclear what caused the explosion.
The explosion occurred just before 10:00 a.m. local time, and the fire started shortly afterwards. All personnel at the plant were evacuated as soon as possible, and the fire was knocked down by approximately 11:30 a.m. local time after a HAZMAT team arrived to assist the firefighters.
As of this writing, it is being reported that at least six plant workers were injured in the explosion and fire; one employee was within the blast radius and suffered severe burn injuries, while a second had minor chemical burns. Others were treated for heat-related injuries and concussive head injuries.
“All the walls are blown out. All the windows are blown out. Even on the opposite side where the administration section is, all the ceiling is down,” said Deputy Fire Chief Greg Chesser. “It was a pretty massive explosion.”
OSHA has also responded to the incident and will be conducting their own investigation. The plant explosion lawyers at Arnold & Itkin are following this incident closely.