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Inspection: 101557098 - Enterprise Products Company Of Mississippi

Inspection Information - Office: Jackson

Nr: 101557098Report ID: 0419400Open Date: 07/22/1986

Enterprise Products Company Of Mississippi
Highway 11 North
Petal, MS 39465
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1321/Natural Gas Liquids
Mailing: P. O. Box 506, Petal, MS 39465

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/29/1986
Close Case:02/26/1987

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral900868720 Yes Yes

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14527634Event: 07/22/1986Fourteen Employees Burned In Lp Gas Explosion And Fire
AT 9:30 AM ON JULY 22, 1986, A LIQUID PETROLEUM GAS PRODUCT KNOWN AS ALKYFEED HAD LEAKED THROUGH THE GROUND AND ACCUMULATED NEAR A BURNING SAFETY FLARE AT THE LP GAS TRANSPORT AND RAIL TERMINAL FACILITIES OF THE ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS COMPANY OF MISSISSIPPI. THE GAS APPARENTLY LEAKED FROM AN UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK OF A NEIGHBORING COMPANY (DELTA UNDERGROUND STORAGE INC.), THROUGH THE PETAL SALT DOME AND ONTO THE PROPERTY OF EPCM. THE SAFETY FLARE IGNITED THE LP MIXTURE, CAUSING AN EXPLOSION WHICH DESTROYED THE COMPANY'S TRUCK MAINTENANCE BUILDING, TIRE REPAIR BUILDING, OFFICE BUILDING AND LABS. THE ABOVE GROUND STORAGE FACILITIES AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED. THE BLAST CREATED A CRATER OVER 260 FEET IN DIAMETER AND 37 FEET DEEP. NUMEROUS VEHICLES WERE DESTROYED. FOURTEEN EMPLOYEES WHO WORKED FOR EPCM AND TWO SISTER COMPANIES WERE CAUGHT AT THEIR REGULAR DUTIES BY THE GIANT FIREBALL. THEY RECEIVED SECOND AND THIRD DEGREE BURNS TO MULTIPLE PARTS OF THEIR BODIES. NONE DIED. EVERYTHING WITHIN A 500-600 FOOT RADIUS OF THE CENTER OF THE CRATER WAS EITHER DESTROYED OR SCORCHED.
Keywords: flammable vapors, explosion, burn, fire, gas leak, lp gas
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101557098 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 101557098 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 101557098 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 101557098 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
5 101557098 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
6 101557098 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
7 101557098 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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