A pre-planned safety program came into play after one person suffered an injury in an explosion at a gas bottling facility in Salem Township, PA, Wednesday, fire officials said.
The gas explosion occurred at Western International Gas & Cylinders, on River Road off U.S. Route 11, at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, said Assistant Fire Chief Rich Eyer. One person suffered burns from the blast.
A fire in an acetylene tank caused an explosion that injured one employee of the business, Eyer said.
The fire suppression system at the facility kept the flames under control and firefighters stayed at the scene mainly as a precautionary measure until the fire burned itself out, Eyer said.
The injured worker was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Eyer said. The worker’s name and medical condition were not available Wednesday night.
An official from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arrived at the scene late Wednesday afternoon. Emergency management officials from Salem Twp. and Luzerne County also responded, Eyer said.
Salem Twp. firefighters have a “pre-plan” in effect for responding to incidents at the Western International Gas location, according to Eyer. At Wednesday’s incident, “everything went according to plan,” he said.
Eyer said he called in a third alarm as a precaution, in case the fire suppression system failed.