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Accident: 200263556 - Employee Is Killed In Rocket Propellant Explosion

Accident: 200263556 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 09/17/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31220946309/18/20083724Aerojet
On September 17, 2008, Employee #1 was working in Bay Number 13 in the M-2 building. He had trimmed excess propellant from the inner case of a MK-72 rocket motor. There were two other MK-72 rockets stored in the Bay. He was setting up to make another cut on the motor case or was changing the boot trim cutting tool, when the propellant in the motor case ignited. Fire spread rapidly and ignited the other rocket motors in the Bay. The roof and west wall blew off and Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: rocket motor, flammable liquid, fire, ignition system, explosion
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312209463 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Inspectors, testers and graders

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