Indianapolis ended up having some very bad luck on Friday, the day it was to host an NCAA Sweet 16 game between Louisville and Kentucky. It had an explosion at a Rolls-Royce Plant where nine employees were injured when nitric acid was released from a 250 gallon tank, stated Indiana State Police and emergency responders. Eight of the hurt individuals were rushed to local hospitals while one person was taken care of on scene, declared the Wayne Township Fire Department on its official Twitter feed. All the victims were listed as being in stable condition at the present time.
None of the employees suffered life-threatening injuries when the large tank full of nitric acid burst around 1:32 p.m, but the explosion caused a cloud of mist to be released that left workers with both breathing problems and burns.
A spokesperson for the Indianapolis Fire Department, which gives fire services for Wayne Township, which is located to the west of the city, stated that it was believed that a pressurized release of nitric acid transpired on the industrial floor inside one of the Rolls-Royce buildings. The cause of the leak had not yet been determined.
Nitric acid is a poisonous liquid which can cause severe burns if it hits the skin. It is also a very strong acidic compound and can create serious respiratory problems if it is breathed into the lungs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health explained that the mist or vapor can bother the throat, nose, skin and eyes. If a person is exposed to really high levels of mist, he or she can receive severe burns of the skin or eyes.
Fire crews responded from three cities, also a hazardous materials team hurried to the Rolls-Royce plant which is located to the west of the city of Indianapolis.
As was stated above, the explosion’s cause has yet to be determined. There is an investigation pending at the present time, and it is unknown just how full the tank actually was when it burst. All the plant’s workers were accounted for by around 3:50 p.m. stated a company spokesperson.
The Rolls-Royce plant was emptied because of concerns of the quality of air, but the tests that were done to readings later in the afternoon found the air was within safe breathing levels, so the building was turned back over to Rolls-Royce officials, stated the fire department.
Even so, the company decided to cancel both second and third shifts at the plant.
Besides the Wayne Township plant, Rolls-Royce has around a dozen other research production facilities located in the Hoosier state.
The game will not be affected by the explosion and will go on as usual.
Nine employees were hurt on Friday when nitric acid was released from a 250 gallon tank at an Indianapolis Rolls-Royce aviation engine plant. It caused an explosion, stated Indiana State Police and emergency responders. Eight of the hurt individuals were taken to local hospitals while one person was taken care of on scene, declared the Wayne Township Fire Department on its official Twitter feed. All the victims were listed as being in stable condition at the present time.
By Kimberly Ruble