Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imageQuebec: Health oil plant explodes killing two and injuring 19

By Richard Mccallum     Nov 9, 2012 in World
Sherbrooke - The tranquil city in the heart of the Eastern Townships was rocked to the core Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST when an industrial accident at Neptune Technologies caused the plant to erupt in a flaming inferno emitting a plume of toxic clouds into a wintry sky.
The explosion occurred at Neptune Technologies and Bioresources a company involved in the development of krill fish oil extracts an omega-3 oil often utilized in health and pharmaceutical products.
Late Thursday two dead bodies were discovered along with a woman who survived the toxic inferno.
19 of the plant's 65 workers were sent to the hospital and four were admitted to the critical ward with severe burns and other injuries.
According to the regional director of Urgence - Environment for the Eastern Townships, Christian Blanchette, the explosion was caused by the plant's large reservoirs of acetone which is used in the extraction process of the krill oil.
"It's toxic and that was the main danger on the site, we re talking about 15,000 litres (of acetone)"
It was not until hours after Blanchette arrived on the scene that the survivor along with the dead were discovered on the scene of the environmental tragedy.
The cause of the accident is still unknown and Environment Quebec remains on the scene testing for contamination of water and soil.
Sherbrooke's civil security authority has issued a statement that residents should keep windows and doors closed and that any lingering smoke is not a health risk to residents, none of whom were evacuated from the area.
"We're in terrible shock over what's happened. Our thoughts are with the victims" said Neptune Technologies and Bioresearch CEO Michel Chartrand.
More about plant explosion, neptune technologies, acetone, krill oil, bioresources
More news from
Latest News
Top News