A HazMat team got the call to the RJ Reynolds American Inc. Winston-Salem, NC, facility after a “minor explosion” in a lab Tuesday morning.
One person was taken to the hospital out of precaution, company officials said and no other injuries have been reported.
Reynolds released the following statement:
“We had an incident in an on-site contractor’s lab where a chemical interaction caused a minor explosion. All persons in the lab were evaluated and one person was transported to the hospital out of precaution. No injuries have been reported. The incident did not cause property damage and will not disrupt our business activities at the location.
“The Winston-Salem Hazardous Material Unit was called to the location, as is the procedure. They have cleared the incident, and we are now in the process of cleaning up the lab.”