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OSHA investigates second fatal explosion in a month at Barbour Co., WV plant

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Published: Jun. 20, 2017 at 2:50 PM EDT
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One worker is killed in an explosion at Midland Resource Recovery, in Barbour Co., WV, less than one month after a similar explosion there killed 2 workers and seriously injured another.

UPDATE: 6/21/2017, 10:14 A.M.

One man is dead after an explosion occurred at Midland Resource Recovery in Barbour County Tuesday morning around 10:00 a.m.

"Apparently when they were trying to clean one of these tanks again, as they were last time, there was some type of explosion. We are not sure yet what caused it, probably a pressurized explosion and not anything that was sparked," said Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter, Barbour County Sheriff's Department.

You may remember, this comes less than a month ago when there was also another explosion at this very same location that killed two people and severely hut another.

OSHA officials said there are several other tanks that could be unstable, but they believe no one in the area is in danger.

There's no word on what chemical caused the explosion because they are unable to work with the tanks at this time.

"We are not sure what was in the actual container right now and until we can deem the area safe we are kind of just stepping back until the investigation is done," said

Chris Hershman lives nearby and was at a local restaurant at the time of the explosion.

"I was sitting out at the picnic table waiting for the owner to arrive and then there was a really loud boom and you could feel the ground shake. It was loud enough to where you felt it was not something normal," said Hershman.

5 News also asked OSHA officials why workers were cleared to return to this site so soon after the explosion in May, but they did not comment.

The work site is shut down while the investigation is ongoing.

Deputies said they plan to release the name of the man once his family is notified.

OSHA officials say they are not releasing any more information at this time. They have up six months to complete their investigation.

Stick with TheNewsCenter for the latest details.


UPDATE: 6/20/2017, 1:30 P..M.

The explosion occurred as a tank on site was being cleaned. Officials are not sure what chemical caused the explosion. It was the same thing that occurred at Midland Resources Recovery almost a month ago.

Eleven more tanks are reported to be unstable and could explode.

All workers have been cleared and the site has been shut down for investigating.

Officials say no one living in the area is in danger.

The State Fire Marshall and OSHA are investigating. They have no comment at this time.


UPDATE: 6/20/2017, 12:42 P..M.

The person reported injured in the explosion has died.

Officials confirmed the person died on scene.


UPDATE: 6/20/2017, 11:25 A.M.

Officials have confirmed that one person has been severely injured after an explosion at Midland Resources Recovery in Barbour County.

A reporter from our Clarksburg affiliate, WDTV, is headed to the scene.