No injuries in explosion at Oxford plant

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

CertainTeed restarted limited production Tuesday afternoon following a morning explosion that forced an evacuation.
There were no injuries, according to company spokesman Michael Loughery.
According to Loughery, the explosion at an asphalt conversion tank caused the plant to temporarily close.
He said 125 employees evacuated the facility as a precaution. An inspection by company officials deemed the plant safe for employees to return.
Loughery said the explosion likely occurred due to the over- pressurization of the asphalt conversion tank, which is used to make asphalt-roof shingles.
He said there was no asphalt in the tank when the explosion took place.
“It was like a pot that blew its lid off,” he said. “It was apparently really loud and shook a lot of stuff but no one was hurt.”
Occupational Safety and Health Administrations officials are inspecting the tank to determine the cause and ensure the site is safe, Loughery said.
CertainTeed is a building materials manufacturer headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa. The Oxford plant is the world’s largest manufacturer of asphalt-roofing shingles.