One person remains in critical condition following a chemical explosion Monday morning at Paramount Chemicals and Plastics in Felda, FL, a Hendry County official said.
The chemical explosion occurred at 7:12 a.m. and injured an employee of the plant, who was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and Immokalee Fire Control District responded. After their arrival, the HazMat team cleared the scene.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will take over the investigation, according to a Hendry County official.
OSHA investigators were closely examining several storage containers, used to house hazardous materials, like acid and fertilizer.
The explosion happened inside the facility and had no impact on the surrounding environment, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said.
According to its website, Paramount Chemicals and Plastics specializes in the treatment of water via irrigation and injection systems for all types of businesses including farms, golf courses, groves, industrial, landscapers, marinas, nurseries, packing houses (food processing and sanitation), and water and waste water treatment. It sells chemicals including acids, anti-scalants, bio-diesel supplies, chlorine, fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, hydrogen peroxide, insecticides, methanol, polymers, quaternary ammonium, and salts.