CAI/Arnel Chemical Plant, Danvers, Massachusetts
We rely on chemical plants to create everything from petroleum products to household cleaners. However, explosions at these facilities can spread dangerous chemicals as well as asbestos into the environment. The CAI/Arnel shared chemical plant located in Danvers, Massachusetts, suffered a massive explosion that occurred on November 3, 2006.
The 2006 Danvers Explosion
The CAI/Arnel chemical plant is used to create ink, solvents, paint products. These items rely on a number of different chemicals for the manufacturing process. In 2006, the chemical plant got a tanker full of chemicals that slowly leaked chemical vapors. These vapors were ignited and led to a massive explosion that was heard up to 50 miles away. Additionally, the 3 a.m. explosion tossed people 1.5 miles away from their beds and damaged an estimated 90 nearby homes.
After this massive explosion, officials found a solvent called toluene in the water nearby. Fortunately, this was not a source of drinking water, but chemical runoff from the explosion was still a concern. Runoff from the firefighting also left an odd purple substance on the water. Additionally, homes nearby were evacuated due to chemical vapors in the air.
Potential Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos was once a popular insulator for chemical plants. Although officials did not find any asbestos pollution following this explosion, it is still a concern for anyone who has lived or worked near chemical plants, especially one that has suffered an explosion. The asbestos fibers can get in the air and water, leading to lung cancers as well as gastrointestinal cancers.
If you have ever suffered in a chemical plant explosion, you may also have to worry about asbestos exposure. For more information regarding asbestos in chemical plants, please contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-781-3955 today.