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TX fertilizer plant explosion reminds local plants of safety measures

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The explosion flattened 50 to 75 houses near the plant in a path of destruction of about five blocks. (Source: DFW Scanner) The explosion flattened 50 to 75 houses near the plant in a path of destruction of about five blocks. (Source: DFW Scanner)
MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Safety is the key at any fertilizer factory.

That's the case at The Andersons in Maumee, where the company manufactures liquid fertilizer. Dry fertilizer is also stored on site and blended.

But company officials say there's no need for folks in Maumee to worry about a disaster like the one at a Texas fertilizer factory, which killed at least five people and injured 160 others.

"Even if we would have a fire in our plant, it wouldn't be something that would cause an explosion," said Bob Wolf, of The Andersons.

Fertilizer explosions are rare. Industry figures show there have only been 17 major explosions worldwide since 1921. Cause of the Texas tragedy is still under investigation.

"Nobody wants to see anybody go home any different than the way they came in. Consequently, there are a lot of safeguards put in place," said Wolf.

Safeguards, such as security measures in tanks, regular inspections, and training with local fire departments.

"And I think the incident that happened in Texas gives not only The Andersons, but our industry, pause to take a look at our safety and security measures and everything else that we're dealing with," said Wolf.

That's what they'll be doing at The Andersons soon: checking and doublechecking the measures already in place.

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