UPDATED – Explosion at BASF Plant Reported in Cornwall Ontario – 11;29 AM Aug 27, 2013

UPDATED – Explosion at BASF Plant Reported in Cornwall Ontario – 11;29 AM Aug 27, 2013

BASF CORNWALLCFN – Reports of an explosion at the BASF plant in Cornwall Ontario ( 501 Wallrich Ave.) are live.   We will be updating as soon as more information is available.

The plant is near the Big Ben dump so please stay away until more information is available.

Updated 7:01

Police have advised that there were no injuries.  Police and Fire have cordoned off the area and are investigating at the scene.

Updated 11:29

BASF statement

At approximately 6:00 AM (EDT) today at BASF’s Cornwall facility, a storage tank containing phthalic anhydride over pressurized, causing a loud noise and release of the material into the atmosphere above the plant. The quantity of phthalic anhydride released is not known at this time. Phthalic anhydride is used to manufacture a wide range of materials, including plastics. 

There were no injuries. BASF is working closely with the emergency responders who are on the scene. We will continue to monitor the situation and more information will be communicated to the local community as it is known. News releases with updated information will also be distributed. 

BASF regards protection of health, safety and the environment as our most important responsibility. As part of our commitment to the Responsible Care® initiative, we are committed to operating our facilities in a safe and environmentally responsible fashion. 

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12 Comments on "UPDATED – Explosion at BASF Plant Reported in Cornwall Ontario – 11;29 AM Aug 27, 2013"

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crystal
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Any idea how far the road closures go? and if they are letting people through to get to work at other businesses on Wallrich?

mary
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I hope there were no injuries

crystal
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Roads are open again. People are able to get through to get to work.

Jimmy Olsen
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“CFN” gets the scoop as usual . Lois is impressed Jamie ! lol

Nonbeliever
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I believe there was a plant making mustard gas back in world war 2. My Dad told me there were canisters of the stuff still back there somewhere. Hope he’s wrong..

Nonbeliever
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I found an article about the mustard gas here…. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1585&dat=19451130&id=SMc6AAAAIBAJ&sjid=SyoMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2848,21546874

I guess its cut and paste.

Reg Coffey
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I believe the mustard gas plant was down the road from BASF in what is now the Sensient Food plant.

Stan
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Shades of Bhopal……

KJ
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Please stop freaking out about mustard gas. That was more than 60 years ago.
The Chemical industry is heavily regulated and there’s no way they can stock things like that.

EyE In ThE SkY
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Read people, stop asking questions and find your answers. This is not good and BASF should be held high for environmental reasons. “escaped” ? Fail safes are built for a reason and accidents do not constitute accountability to be dismissed. Do we hold a beer company responsible when a drunk driver runs over a child? No. Weather faulty equipment or some stoner at the button, they are responsible for all detriment to life. Phthalic anhydride 85-44-9 Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in January 2000 Exposure to phthalic anhydride may occur during its use as a chemical intermediate in the… Read more »
jules
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The factory that made mustard gas was in the area of King Street across from Second Street West. When we lived in Cornwall that place became a fertilizer plant. Second Street West stunk something awful going towards the Power Dam and there was an industry there that dealt in some sort of a chemical and had those trucks there that contained chemicals. I think that they went out of business. That is dangerous for the health and a great deal of people live around that area. I have a touch of asthma and it is very hard dealing with the… Read more »
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