Explosion Incidents

This page gives a summary of dust explosion incidents broken down by geography and is currently under construction. A summary of the incidents reported in the United States between 1980 and 2005 is given in Combustible Dust Hazard Study from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (click here). The summary figure of this report is reproduced below. The increase in incidents over time is alarming and demonstrates a need to better understand and protect from dust explosion hazards. It is also important to note that dust explosions are frequently under-reported. Therefore, the 119 fatalities and 718 injuries between 1980 and 2005, is likely a minimum to consider attributed to dust explosion.

Dust incidents, injuries and fatalities, 1980-2005. From the Combustible Dust Hazard Study by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (Nov 2006, Report No. 2006-H-1)
Dust incidents, injuries ad fatalities, 1980-2005. From the Combustible Dust Hazard Study by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (Nov 2006, Report No. 2006-H-1)

United States

Date Facility Fuel Location Loss Link
September 19,
2016
Westward Seafoods Fishmeal Dust Dutch Harbor, Alaska $100,000 Damage Industry Article
September 6,
2016
Coop Grain Mill Grain Dust Ixonia, Wisconsin 1 Injury News Article
April 5,
2016
High Quality Organics Oregano Spice Reno, Nevada Hopper Damaged Industry Article
March 1,
2016
GKN Sinter Metals Metal Dust Reno, Nevada 3 Injuries News Article
September 14,
2014
Nestle Purina Grain Dust Flagstaff, Arizona 4 Injuries News Article
April 7,
2013
Bartlett Grain Co. Flour Dust Statesville, North Carolina 1 Injury Industry News Article
October 29,
2011
Bartlett Grain Co. Grain Dust Atchison, Kansas 6 Fatalities News Article
Video
February 7,
2008
Imperial Sugar Company Sugar Dust Port Wentworth, Georgia 14 Fatalities, 38 Injuries CSB Investigation
January 29,
2003
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Polyethylene Dust Kingston, North Carolina Facility Destroyed CSB Investigation
February 20,
2003
CTA Acoustics, Inc. Phenolic Resin Corbin Kentucky 7 Fatalities, 37 Injuries CSB Investigation
October 29,
2003
Hayes Lemmerz International Aluminum Dust Huntington, Indiana 1 Fatality, 2 Injuries CSB Investigation

Canada

Date Facility Fuel Location Loss Link
September 14,
2016
Woodworks Facility Wood Dust Abbotsford, British Columbia Hopper Damaged Video
October 25,
2014
Veolia Environmental Services Grain Dust Sarnia, Ontario 1 Fatality, 4 Injuries OHS Canada Article
April 24,
2012
Lakeland Sawmill Sawdust Prince George, British Columbia 2 Fatalities, 22 Injuries News Article
January 20,
2012
Babine Forest Products Sawdust Burns Lake, British Columbia 2 Fatalities, 20 Injuries News Article
October 3,
1975
Burrard Terminal Elevator Grain Dust North Vancouver, British Columbia 5 Fatalities, Several Injuries, 8 Million Damages News Article

Europe

Date Facility Fuel Location Loss Link
Nov 5,
2015
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Flour Dust Brasov, Romainia/td>

5 Injuries News Article
July 17,
2015
Wood Treatment Limited Wood Dust Cheshire, United Kingdom 4 Fatalities News Article

Asia

Date Facility Fuel Location Loss Link
September 18,
2016
Qinghai Salt Lake Haina Chemical Company Unknown (Cement Production Facility) Qinghai Province, China 6 Fatalities, 8 Injuries News Article
June 27,
2015
Formosa Fun Coast Festival Starch Dust New Taipei, Taiwan 15 Fatalities, 497 Injuries Wikipedia
Video (Graphic)
August 2,
2014
Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Production Co. Aluminum Dust New Taipei, Taiwan 146 Fatalities, 114 Injuries Wikipedia

Africa

Date Facility Fuel Location Loss Link
May 3,
2017
Harmony Gold Mine Methane Gas Welkom, South Africa 40 Fatalities News Article