Explosion Rocks Missouri Aluminum Plant – ‘I Thought I Was About To Die’

Explosion Rocks Missouri Aluminum Plant – ‘I Thought I Was About To Die’
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Five people were reportedly injured in an explosion that struck a southeast Missouri aluminum plant on Tuesday.


The incident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. at the Noranda Aluminum plant near the town of Marston in New Madrid County. It is about 170 miles south of St. Louis.

No Casualties

Noranda spokesman John Parker said there were no casualties nor did any worker suffer any life-threatening injuries, as reported by ABC News. However, some people sustained non-critical abrasions, dust irritation or smoke inhalation.

One person, who suffered smoke inhalation, was taken to the hospital but has since been released. Other people were provided treatment for smoke inhalation and checked for hearing loss at the scene

‘I Thought I Was About To Die’

Mike Downen, who is employed at the nearby power plant, felt an earthquake-like event, as reported by KFVS.

“I thought I was about to die,” he said.

He went outside and saw that a huge cloud of smoke was billowing into the sky.

The incident was a molten metal explosion in the cast house of the plant, Parker said. Twenty people were working in the area.

The plant in Missouri is Noranda’s principal aluminum smelter. The company has six plants in the United States and one in Jamaica.

As of 2009, Noranda was credited with producing 15 percent of aluminum in the country. The website for the company says that the Missouri plant produces about 263,000 metric tons of primary aluminum annually.

2014 Transformer Explosion

On Aug 14, 2014, a transformer had exploded at the Noranda plant, resulting in an explosion

Chris Scherer, a Noranda worker who said he survived falling into molten aluminum, spent 11 weeks in a St. Louis hospital and rehabilitation facility.

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