Portland Press Herald wrote:JAY — A major explosion occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Androscoggin Mill.Amazing...
Mill officials have told Fire Marshals that all employees and contractors have been accounted for and no one was injured.
Portland Press Herald wrote:The explosion, Davis said, occurred in the digester area of the mill. A mill official described the digester as a large container used to cook the chips to reduce them into individual fiber for the paper-making process.Read more at: https://www.pressherald.com/2020/04/15/ ... ll-in-jay/
A couple of people were treated for respiratory problems, Davis said, but otherwise there were no casualties after the explosion sent smoke and debris more than 100 feet into the air.
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Lassetter said the explosion was caused by an “apparent rupture in a pressure vessel” at 11:55 a.m. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was planning to begin investigating Thursday morning.
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“The incident released a mixture of wood fiber, water and pulping liquor,” she said. “At this point, we are evaluating potential environmental impact. In addition, we are taking appropriate steps to stabilize the process to restore order to the mill site (as soon as possible). Again, it is very early in the process. We will provide more details as they become available.”
When fire crews arrived at the mill, there was a small fire on the roof of the plant, Davis said. After determining what chemicals might have been involved in the blast, firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.
According to a public filing of dangerous materials used at the Jay plant when it was owned by Verso, the mill typically has 40,000 pounds of chlorine dioxide and 54,000 pounds of ammonia. The filing does not list any other large quantities of hazardous products.
After the explosion, at least two trucks parked near the mill were crushed as debris rained down on them.