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Accident: 14482004 - Explosion Of Co2 Storage Tank

Accident: 14482004 -- Report ID: 0316400 -- Event Date: 05/09/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
175990105/09/19842086Sanitary Bottling Co Inc
A SOFT DRINK MANUFACTURER HAD A 3 TON CAPACITY CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) RECEIVER TANK AT THE PLANT. THE TANK CONTAINED 2000 POUNDS ON THE DAY OF THE EXPLOSION. THE ESTABLISHMENT WAS EVACUATED DUE TO FLOODING RIVER WATERS IN THE AREA. THE PLANT WAS SECURED AND EVACUATED. NO EMPLOYEES WERE AT THE WORKPLACE. SUDDENLY, THE STORAGE TANK ROCKETED 100 FEET INTO A NEARBY HOUSE. POSSIBLE CAUSES: 1. THE FLOOD WATERS ROSE TO A LEVEL ABOVE THE 2 SAFETY RELIEF VALVES, CAUSING THE VALVES TO FREEZE UP. THE TANK WAS THEN UNABLE TO VENT. THE PRESSURE BUILT UP AND THE TANK BLEW. 2. THE PIPING SYSTEM MIGHT HAVE BEEN DISCONNECTED FROM THE TANK DUE TO WATER PRESSURE. THE SAME EFFECT COULD OCCUR.
Keywords: storage tank, explosion, carbon dioxide, tank
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1759901

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