2 injured in US Magnesium plant thermal explosion

Posted at 5:32 AM, Feb 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-21 13:46:17-05

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah -- Two people were injured in an explosion at the US Magnesium plant in Tooele County Friday morning.

Emergency crews and medical helicopters responded to the scene just after 5 a.m.

Officials said two workers were doing maintenance on a piece of equipment when a thermal explosion occurred, causing hot steam to release and burn the workers. The extent of injuries has not been released.

Officials said a 49-year-old supervisor and a 25-year-old employee were injured when something went wrong as they were bringing the piece of equipment back into service. Tom Tripp of US Magnesium described the incident.

"This is a brick lined steel structure, had a lid on it...there was an explosion internal to that and there was a release of some hot gas," he said.

FOX 13's Scott McKane was at the scene. Watch his full report in the clip above.

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