Taunton Fire Department investigating an industrial explosion
By News Staff
TAUNTON, MASS (WLNE) – Taunton police responded to a chemical explosion that injured three IQE workers early Sunday morning.
Firefighters responded to IQE at 200 John Hancock Road, at around 12:30 a.m. for a reported explosion inside the pant. According to the fire department, the equipment was under going maintenance at the time of the explosion.
Three workers were suffering from flash burns on both their face and hands upon the firefighters arrival. The department was notified about the possibility that hazardous materials were released in to the air.
The hazmat crew on scene determined that the incident involved compressed hydrogen and arsine, and that there was no no release of materials into the environment and the danger was confined to a piece of equipment used in manufacturing.
The three injured employees were transported to Morton Hospital, where they were treated and released. No firefighters were injured.
What caused the explosion is still under investigation.
According to the IQE website, it is “the global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced semiconductor wafer products.”