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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 740761 Event: 04/25/1991One Employee Killed, One Injured In Pyrotechnics Flash Fire
On April 25, 1991, a flash fire occurred in a metal container that was being used for temporary storage of special effects materials containing black powder and finely ground magnesium and aluminum. Employee #1 was hospitalized with burns and Employee #2 was killed. The source of ignition is unknown at this time, but suspected sources include lightning; a pickup parked in front of the open container; friction between material and the metal floor caused by employees walking over it; and friction caused by inadvertent pulling of wires from the devices. Jurisdiction has been assumed by federal OSHA and the state fire marshall's office.
Keywords: burn, explosives, fire, combustible dust, pyrotechnics
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111920294 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Assemblers
2 111920294 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Assemblers

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