Barton Solvents Plant Explosion
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Barton Solvents Plant Explosion | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Burns, Property Damage | Evacuation, Blasts, Chemical Toxins, Fires, Disaster
The Barton Solvents Plant explosion and resulting fire in Valley Center, Kansas occurred on July 17, 2007 and resulted in the evacuation of more than 200 people in the Wichita suburb. During the fire, 36 storage tanks containing about 660,000 pounds of hydrocarbons, ketones, alcohol and other chemicals used in the paint and coatings industry were destroyed. The fire raged throughout the afternoon, and firefighters could do little except work to keep it from reaching other buildings around the plant. Authorities were unable to determine what caused the explosion. The plant is owned by Barton Solvents, a Des Moines, Iowa distributor of industrial chemicals, oils, surfactants, and plasticizers.
Witness said that first explosion at the Barton Solvents Plant occurred at 9:15 a.m. and was followed by at least 15 smaller blasts. Smoke and flames, which billowed more than 200 feet into the air, could be seen for miles. Most of the evacuees were taken to the Kansas Coliseum, but ten people were admitted to Wichita-area hospitals. Though the evacuation order was later lifted, people who had left their homes were not allowed to return immediately, and residents who lived within a mile downwind or a half mile upwind were advised to stay away from their homes. Those still in Valley Center were told to stay on the ground floors of their homes and to refrain from using their air conditioners.
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