Small explosion at Broad Rock plant near landfill

Dee DeQuattro

Fire crews and emergency management staff have been on scene near Johnston's Central landfill since early Tuesday morning for a gas explosion at the Broad Rock renewable plant.

Around 4 a.m. a methane gas line exploded at the plant, it is unclear what caused the explosion.

The explosion caused a small fire which was quickly extinguished. It is unclear what exactly caused the explosion at this time.

“These people are fools. Is someone going to get killed before they really do something?,” said Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena.

Last week the plant that converts landfill gases to renewable energy was ordered to cease operations after Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said the facility is doing nothing to grapple with a rotten egg like odor that has emanated into the air.

Johnston Fire Chief Timothy McLaughlin said the company was told to cease operations at the landfill and make repairs to this nearby location as well before continuing operations.

“Our town official wasn't notified, the repairs were done, and this gas was turned back on and this was the result of that,” said McLaughlin.

The CEO of BroadRock Renewables Randy Holmes says that the company is cooperating with the town and conducting their own investigation.

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