One killed, two seriously hurt in Daytona sewage plant explosion

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 1:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 1:42 p.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - One worker was killed and two others seriously burned after an explosion Wednesday at a wastewater treatment plant that was undergoing hurricane repairs.

The explosion happened shortly after 11:20 a.m., EVAC ambulance spokesman Mark O'Keefe said.

The injured men were taken to Halifax Medical Center - one with third-degree burns over 100 percent of his body. The other, a 40-year-old man, had second-degree burns over 80-90 percent of his body. Their names were not immediately released.

Police said the men were working on a metal roof damaged by last year's hurricanes. Another worker was using a blow torch near methanol and sodium sulfate tanks when one of the tanks exploded.

Methanol, a form of alcohol, is highly flammable and used to remove nitrates from waste water. Sodium sulfate is a nonflammable powder normally used in treatment plants to neutralize chlorine.

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