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Employee error triggered a chemical reaction and explosion at Mountaire’s Selbyville, DE, poultry processing plant Thursday morning that sent one person to the hospital.

The incident at the plant ended up reported Thursday at 3:01 a.m., said Delaware Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry Miller.

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A 34-year old male worker suffered an injury during the incident. He ended up transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for facial trauma and chemical burns, Miller said.

Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigation determined the incident occurred when the worker mistakenly mixed two chemicals in a 2 ½-gallon sprayer. The sprayer over-pressurized causing it to explode, Miller said.

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The room where the explosion occurred sustained minor damage, Miller said.

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