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Blown transformer causes gas and acid tanks to explode

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UNION COUNTY, AR (KSLA) -

Cleanup got underway Tuesday afternoon at the El Dorado Chemical Plant in El Dorado, Arkansas after an early morning explosion and fire.

The explosion reportedly happened around 4 a.m. The plant's located in the 4500 block of N. West Ave. in Eldorado.

The plant's site manager said that a reactor in the plant's nitric acid facility exploded, blew out windows, damaged the facility and sent debris across the site. Some of that debris, plant personnel said, struck the sulfuric acid plant and caused a wide spread sulfuric acid fire.

Some employees were reportedly on site at the time of the explosion, but fortunately, none were injured.

Plant officials say 150 people are employed at the plant, which specializes in producing agricultural chemicals for fertilizing.

An investigation into the cause is ongoing.

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