Confirmed: Worker Killed in Chemical Plant Explosion in Cantonment

CANTONMENT, FL. (WKRG) — The worker reported missing in the chemical plant explosion in Cantonment is dead, officials confirm to News 5.

As we reported Sunday, the explosion occurred at one of the Airgas production facilities, producing a large tremor that shook nearby neighborhoods and a large plume of yellow smoke.

Airgas officials say “one associate” was killed in the explosion and an investigation is underway. The victim’s name has not been released.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our Airgas family. Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with the family, friends, and colleagues of this associate.” — Airgas Representative

The cause of the explosion is still unclear. It happened around Noon inside the Ascend Performance Materials facility, located adjacent to the Airgas plant. The facilities were evacuated immediately after the explosion.

Residents that live close to the plant say their houses shook when the explosion happened.

Emergency crews from Escambia County Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Escambia Search and Rescue K-9 unit all arrived on scene.

News 5 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


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