South Jersey plant explosion injures 1
A chemical plant in south Jersey was evacuated after an explosion on Friday morning.
The explosion happened at the Johnson Matthey plant in West Deptford just before 7 a.m. Friday.
The South Jersey Times says early reports indicate the explosion triggered a fire and injured one man exposed to hydrochloric acid.
Plant manager Robert Bullen-Smith tells 6 ABC the spill occurred as the result of a process line in a chemical production area breaking and was contained to one area of the plant. Employees who were evacuated have since returned to work.
According to its website, Johnson Matthey is a speciality chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysis, precious metals, fine chemicals and process technology. The West Deptford plant employs 173 and specializes in catalysts, chemicals and refining.
- West Deptford chemical company explosion injures one / South Jersey Times
- Explosions reported at West Deptford plant / 6 ABC
The Associated Press contributed to this report