USA: FOUR people are reported to have been injured, three seriously, following an explosion at a hydrocarbon refrigerant bottling plant in Illinois.
A powerful blast reportedly tore through the brick walls and roof of the Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Pekin plant in Pekin yesterday (March 19).
The local pjstar.com website says the explosion is thought to have occurred near an assembly line and may have stemmed from a gas line malfunction.
The injured are said to have suffered burns.
Enviro-Safe has been producing and selling hydrocarbon refrigerants for around 16 years, much of it being sold in small cans to the auto trade for use as replacements for R134a in car air conditioning systems. Other hydrocarbon refrigerants include alternatives for R22 and R502 packaged in a range of sizes from 5oz cans to 50lb cylinders.