Plymouth, MI Cleaning Plant Explosion, Dec 1991


Plymouth, Mich. - A chemical explosion ripped apart an industrial cleaning plant Friday, injuring 19 people, one seriously, authorities said.
"All the walls blew right out," said Plymouth Township Supervisor Gerald Law. "All the cars that were parked there were absolutely crushed. A good wind is going to blow it down. The only thing that was untouched was the front office.
The rest of it is totally demolished."
"If you saw this, you would be amazed to realize nobody got killed in this thing," Law said.
One employee of the Cygnet Automated plant was listed in fair condition at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor after breathing methyl ethyl ketone, a toxic industrial solvent. Eighteen others were treated and released after the blast.
The cause of the explosion was under investigation.
The company, located about 20 miles west of Detroit, cleans metal and steel containers with chemical solvents for reuse, Law said.

Santa Cruz Sentinel California 1991-12-14