Dangers of Flammable Gas Accumulation
When acetylene explodes inside a shed, three workers lost their lives.
Accident: Acetylene Service Company Gas Explosion
Location: Location: Perth Amboy, NJ
Accident Occured On: 01/24/2005 | Final Report Released On: 01/25/2006
Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion
Investigation Status: On January 26, 2006, the CSB completed its investigation and issued a safety bulletin, a safety video, and new safety recommendations.
On January 25, 2005, a gas explosion killed three workers at the Acetylene Service Company plant in Perth Amboy, NJ. The blast originated in a wooden shed located near six large storage tanks that received liquid waste from the plant's acetylene generating system. The plant produces, repackages, and distributes acetylene used in welding.