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Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 15:45:11 -0500 (EST)
From: info@csb.gov
To: csbnews@mail.csb.gov
Subject: [CSBNEWS] Safety Board Broadens 
Investigation of Michigan Fireworks Plant Explosion
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The following is from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board:


      (WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dec. 14, 1998)   Based on its preliminary 
on-scene review of an explosion and fire at a Michigan fireworks factory, 
the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has 
launched a comprehensive investigation that will result in a full, printed
report 
on the December 11th incident.  The incident at the Independence Professional 
Fireworks Co. in Osseo, Mich. left seven workers missing and presumed dead. 

      Friday's blast destroyed the building in which the victims were working, 
scattered debris over a wide area and was felt more than twenty miles away. 
The preliminary investigation suggests that there are significant technical 
issues to be examined and lessons to be learned from the incident.
Investigators, 
however, are not at a point where any conclusion can be drawn about the cause 
or causes of the deadly explosion. 

      Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses and others who can 
shed some light on procedures the workers were following at the time of the 
explosion. The investigation will also attempt to determine if there were any 
recent changes in procedures and on how procedural changes were managed.

       CSB Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paul L. Hill, Jr. praised 
the professionalism and cooperation CSB investigators have received 
from agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). "ATF 
agents, in conducting their enforcement investigation, have provided 
tremendous help to CSB investigators," Dr. Hill said.  "This is exactly the 
same positive relationship we experienced at the scene of our first
investigation 
in January, which also involved ATF."

        CSB investigators are also working with the Michigan Department of
Consumer 
and Industry Services, Bureau of Safety and Regulation (MIOSHA), Michigan State 
Police, local law enforcement officials, the company, and others.

        The Chemical Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with 
ensuring the safety of workers and the public by preventing or minimizing
the effects 
of industrial and commercial chemical incidents. Congress modeled it after the 
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates aircraft and
other 
transportation accidents for the purpose of improving safety. 

         Like the NTSB, the CSB is a scientific investigatory organization.
CSB is 
responsible for finding ways to prevent or minimize the effects of chemical 
accidents at industrial facilities and in transport; the Board is not an 
enforcement or regulatory body.
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         CSB is currently reviewing or investigating incidents in Arizona,
Arkansas, 
California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana (3), Maryland, Michigan
(2),
Missouri, New Jersey (2), New York, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania
(2), 
South Dakota, Texas and Washington State (3). 

        Additional information on the CSB may be found on the World Wide Web 
at http://www.chemsafety.gov

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The Board reference number on this incident is 99-009-I-MI
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