Mississippi mill explosion kills 1 worker and injures 17

May 3, 2008 Full story: The Dispatch 13

“We have accounted for all IP employees, and no employees were hurt. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the accident”

An explosion tore through a paper mill Saturday after a boiler was inspected, killing a contract worker and injuring 17 others, the company said. via The Dispatch

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chuck

United States

#1 May 4, 2008
As of this morning the IP explosion has made Fox News. Just thought I pass this along.
boilerman

Durham, NC

#2 May 4, 2008
just want to pass on our concerns with workers involved in the boiler incident in redwood miss( duke university west campus steam plant employees
OLEROY

United States

#3 May 5, 2008
CNN ALSO HAD COVERAGE OF THIS.
Having worked for IP in Pulp, Power, and Woodyard Area's, this is the workers worst fear come true. A Recovery Boiler is like a controled Volcano, at its best. Our prayers are with the survivors and families.
DARLENE

United States

#4 May 6, 2008
What was the name of the contractor that employed the employee's that were injured and killed in the IP mill explosion?
goatherder

Olive Branch, MS

#5 May 7, 2008
Recovery boilers can be very dangerous beasts if water tubing in the walls or in the generating section (tubing that connects the mud and steam drums)ruptures, dumping water onto the smelt bed, which consists mostly of sodium salts. If enough water hits the bed, the resulting explosions can be devastating.

I worked as a helper on one of those dudes for about 2 years, keeping primary and secondary ports for combustion air open, and keeping the smelt flowing out the spouts from the hearth (bed).

I was one happy person when I walked away from that job for the last time.(It wasn't an IP mill.)
goatherder

Olive Branch, MS

#6 May 7, 2008
I should have pointed out that the smelt bed consists mostly of MOLTEN sodium salts (under normal operation).
bulldog

Monroe, LA

#7 May 8, 2008
the explosion was due to operator error. they had treid to light it several times and the fire went out. the boiler then filled with gas and ignited. there were no ventilation fans used.
goat

Olive Branch, MS

#8 May 8, 2008
bulldog wrote:
the explosion was due to operator error. they had treid to light it several times and the fire went out. the boiler then filled with gas and ignited. there were no ventilation fans used.
OK....So it wasn't a smelt/water explosion.
Flash

Boonville, IN

#9 May 9, 2008
If the gas burners on the boiler were being lit w/o the ID fan running for ventilation, very serious safety interlocks were bypassed. I have worked around recovery boilers for 30 years. Boiler purge interlocks require the ID fan being run and that at least 5 boiler gas volumes purge the boiler of combustibles so something like this can't happen. Bulldog, if this is indeed what happened, it is not "operator error". A decision to block boiler interlocks of this nature would require supervision.
harryharly

Round Rock, TX

#10 May 9, 2008
i worked at a ip mill and thay suck. corporit raiders at it,s finest.when thay got done stealing pension funds and selling company land and running mill in to ground thay sold us.happy days to be free of them.not that the new one is much better
lisahain

Dallas, TX

#11 May 13, 2008
my 2 cousins are the two in critical condition at the burn center in Agusta Ga.PLEASE say a prayer for them and our family. their lungs are growing a fungus from the water they were doused with out of the MS. river and they are starting to run high temps. they will need lots of prayers. thank you so much. STILL PRAYING FROM OCALA FL.
Darren

Charlotte, NC

#12 Feb 5, 2009
Me and my brother was one set of brothers that got hurt and was flown to agusta Ga as well my lungs is burnt i have had 4 surgeys in the last 4 months this has changed my life forever...
Me and My Brothers was standing on the 10 floor about 10 feet from it when it happen
Darren

United States

#13 Feb 18, 2013
This May will be five years I still remember it like yesterday

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