Palm Bay police said an explosion at a chemical plant forced the shutdown U.S. 1 near Robert J. Conlan Boulevard. This happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday. The police and the firefighters also gave information at the news conference. This was also informed, the explosion originated from the industrial storage area at FAR Chemical plant. Thus the plant contains 30 to 50-gallon barrels of isopropyl alcohol-based solution. Also, hazmat teams are on the scene and have confirmed that the materials and resulting plume were non-toxic. The locals in the area say that the explosion rocked their homes and windows rattled. Whereas the chemical company sent a statement saying that the fire spread to an adjacent building. FAR Chemicals has closed the plant. While the Department of Environmental Protection assesses the situation. The situation determines when it might be safe for employees to return to work.
Palm Bay explosion, No injuries reported
It was observed that no injury reported after the explosion. The various chemicals manufactured used in various coatings, pharmaceuticals, adhesives, sealants, composites, flavors, and fragrances.
Sky 6 flew over the facility before noon. And by that time, the smoke appeared to have dissipated. There were no flames which could be seen. Thus by 1 p.m. the flames had been extinguished. Though the extra precautions were being taken. They prevent hot spots and potential flare-ups. The explosion causes the shook of the earth. The front window of the houses completely popped.
In the past
At the time, OSHA issued $14,600 in penalties for what the agency called serious violations. Although FAR Chemicals later settled for less. During that time the plant was found to have serious violations once again in 2011. The inspection prompted by a complaint, according to OSHA. FAR Chemical was acquired by CPS performance materials in 2018.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the company performs the custom of various chemicals. U.S. Agency officials inspected the facility in Dec. 18, 2013. The result of that inspection fine FAR $53,253 for a variety of violations. This includes improper storage of waste containers. Also, the failure to conduct a weekly inspection box stored hazardous waste. This was all inspected in 2015 by EPA who later fined FAR. In 2008, an employee died in an explosion that took place at the same plant. He tried attempting to neutralize a chemical by-product.