U.S. Magnesium explosion critically injures two

Feb 24, 2014 | 02:28 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  U.S. Magenesium, Cameron Tissington, explosion, workers injured, salt cell, holding cell, magnesium, primary magnesium Rowley

CHICAGO — Two workers were severely burned in a blast at U.S. Magnesium LLC’s Rowley plant in Utah.

The "minor explosion" occurred Feb. 21 as workers were bringing equipment back online after normal maintenance, U.S. Magnesium vice president of sales Cameron Tissington told AMM Feb. 24.

The explosion, a rapid release of steam, happened in one of U.S. Magnesium’s molten salt cells, Tissington said. Also known as "holding cells," they are large, brick-lined steel vessels that collect molten magnesium chloride for the company’s electrolysis process, he said.....

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