West Virginia industrial plant explosion kills 2, injures 1

AP News
Posted: May 25, 2017 10:31 AM

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — An explosion at a West Virginia industrial plant has killed two people and injured a third.

Officials say the explosion was reported Wednesday at Midland Resource Recovery, a company based in Ontario, Canada, that odorizes natural gas.

Barbour County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter said the names of those who died wouldn't be released until family members were notified. The injured person was taken to a hospital.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says workers at the facility outside Philippi were using bleach and preparing a tank for cleaning when the explosion occurred shortly before noon Wednesday.

The agency says there's no public danger.

The company declined immediate comment.

Spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins says the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration was notified and is looking into it.