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Explosion at Struthers waste plant severely burns 2



Published: Fri, March 2, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

Staff Report

STRUTHERS

Two men were flown to Pittsburgh Mercy Health System on Thursday after a cylinder that heats human and industrial waste exploded at the city’s waste treatment plant.

Authorities on the scene said the two, Kenny Stiver and Gary Wilson, suffered burns to 80 percent of their bodies. A hospital nursing supervisor said late Thursday night that both are in critical condition.

Helicopters landed at a nearby field where an old slag plant once stood, police said. From there, Stiver and Wilson were evacuated.

Police from surrounding communities blocked traffic on Lowellville Road, where the plant is located, a mile on both sides of the plant.

Only police, firefighters and the engineers who designed the cylinder were allowed into the site for most of the day.

About 4:30 p.m., authorities reopened the road to traffic but would not allow anyone to enter the plant.

Throughout the evening authorities worked to relieve pressure in the cylinder by releasing the natural gas that is used to heat the waste in preparation for treatment.

Officials would not talk publicly about the cause of the explosion.


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1hurrdurr(98 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Not surprising in the least. During warm periods in the winter for the past few years you could smell the methane in your household drains. It was particularly bad a few days ago.

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2walter_sobchak(1922 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Methane is odorless. Infact, the smell in natural gas is intorduced by the supplier. What you are smelling is hydrogen sulfide and you have a plumbing issue. All drains have traps that should prevent the gases from coming out of the drain. Make sure all drains have water in them and, if the problem persists, you have a cracked pipe or leaking toilet seal. Better call a plumber because this is a dangerous situation.

Or, you have poor aim and are going all over the floor of your bathroom!

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3Mooneygrad72(42 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The men are in medically induced comas at this present time. It is too close to acknowledge anything at this time. Prayers to the family members.

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4Tom(7 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the update about this tragic incident. As a former Struthers Fireman living in Florida now, I miss most of the news from my hometown. I know both of the injured men and my prayers to them and their families.

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5redeye1(4560 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Everyone should take a moment and say a little prayer for these two gentlemen. All they were doing at the time was their jobs. I wish them both well . I hope the community comes out in support for their families

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6hellokitty(161 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

...God's blessings to the men and their loved ones at this time...Prayers for full recovery.

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7Mooneygrad72(42 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Update March 7
Both are still alive. Gary is in Burn center and Kenny is in UCI. Surgery to remove deadened skin has began. Families are devastated but holding up as much as possible.

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