Taunton: Plant Explosion Injures Three Workers

The Taunton Fire Department responded to an industrial facility early Sunday morning after three workers were injured in a chemical explosion.

Firefighters responded to IQE, located at 200 John Hancock Road for a reported explosion inside the plant. Upon arrival, the first arriving engine company found three employees suffering from flash burns on their faces and hands. Firefighters were notified about the possibility that hazardous materials were released into the air

A Tier 2 Hazardous Materials Response was requested, bringing in resources, personnel and equipment from around the region. Officials at the scene determined that the incident involved compressed hydrogen and arsine. According to the hazmat crew, there was no release of materials into the environment and that the danger was confined to a piece of equipment used in manufacturing.

At the time of the explosion, the equipment was under going maintenance. The three employees were transported to Morton Hospital, where they were treated and released. No firefighters were injured. The cause of the explosion is under investigation

About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter, news anchor and host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on 95.9FM WATD.