ABSTRACT

Investigation Report: Explosion and Fire, Pascagoula, Mississippi, October 13, 2002   [open pdf - 741KB]

"This investigation report examines an explosion and fire that occurred on October 13, 2002, at the First Chemical Corporation facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The decomposition of mononitrotoluene inside a distillation column resulted in a runaway reaction and explosion, with potentially catastrophic offsite consequences. This report identifies the root and contributing causes of the incident and makes recommendations on evaluating reactive hazards, applying lessons learned, layers of protection, work practices, facility siting, and community notification." Key issues discussed include: evaluation of reactive hazards, applying lessons learned, layers of protection, work practices, facility siting, and community notification.

Report Number:
Report no. 2003-01-I-MS
Publisher:
Date:
2002-10-13
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: http://www.csb.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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