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Mar 12, 2015

17:30:20 GMT--Explosion - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: EX-20150312-47293-USA

Date / time: 12/03/2015 17:28:06 [UTC]

Event: Explosion

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Alabama

Location: Brent

Number of Deads: 1 person(s)

Number of Injured: 6 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Authorities say one worker was killed and several others injured after multiple explosions at an industrial plant in Brent, southwest of Birmingham. The Tuscaloosa News reports that up to six other workers received chemical burns and were taken to nearby hospitals after the Wednesday afternoon explosions and fire at Brent Industries. The newspaper reports that a helicopter was used to fly one of the workers to a hospital. Police identified the worker who was killed as Keith Leverette. Brent Police Chief Terry Nichols said none of the burning chemicals posed a danger to the community. The cause of the blasts is unknown at this time. Flames consumed both the manufacturing and recycling plant. Brent is about 35 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa.

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