Oklahoma Asphalt Plant Explosion Kills One

An Ardmore, Oklahoma asphalt plant explosion killed one person and evidently injured no one else. The Oklahoma asphalt plant explosion occurred on Friday. As of Sunday morning, literally nothing more is known about the deadly explosion beyond the fact that it was fatal, occurred at an Ardmore asphalt plant, and sent a thick plume of murky black smoke high into the sky. What is not known about the Ardmore asphalt plant explosion includes:

  • Any identifying information about the person killed in the Oklahoma explosion, including gender let alone the individual’s name
  • The underlying cause of the Ardmore explosion
  • The position of the asphalt plant and its owners in the aftermath of the explosion because they have released absolutely no statement
  • Content of the black smoke plume that rose above the explosion site

In addition, neither local emergency services nor the Ardmore Fire Department have responded to media requests concerning the explosion accident. No local or state governmental agency has issued any statement as of yet either.

There is one bit of reasonable speculation about the victim. The belief is that the person killed in the Ardmore asphalt plant explosion was a worker and not a member of the general public.

The only statement released about the fatal blast in Oklahoma is from the Ardmore Chief of Police, Kevin Norris:

“The ID of the deceased is still unknown, but I have been able to confirm that there was one fatality. As of right now we confirmed there were no injuries. No one was transported from the scene to the hospital with injuries.”

The presumption is that an investigation is underway over one day after the Oklahoma asphalt plant explosion. If such an investigation has not yet been initiated, it certainly should have commenced by this juncture in time.

There is some understandably speculation that the explosion may have been associated with one of the storage tanks at the facility. These tanks can contain volatile substances, as is discussed a bit more fully in a more.

There is a bit of information available about the company that operates the asphalt plant. This includes:

  • Express Asphalt is the name of the company that owns the Ardmore asphalt plant where the explosion occurred
  • Express Asphalt indicates at its website that it is in the business of storing, selling, and transporting asphalt
  • The Express Asphalt Ardmore plant or facility primarily has been used to store asphalt as well as various types of oils.

Explosions certainly are on the top 10 list of the most frequently occurring accidents like the Express Asphalt facility in Oklahoma. The 10 most commonplace chemical plant accidents in the United States are:

  • Slip and falls
  • Carbon monoxide leaks
  • Machinery incidents
  • Falling objects and debris
  • Improper lifting
  • Vehicle related incidents
  • Explosions and fires
  • Ammonia exposure
  • Chlorine exposure
  • Sulfuric acid exposure

There is no information about prior safety issues at the Express Asphalt Ardmore facility. For example, there is no data available at this time as to whether the plant has been sanctioned by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA in the past. That information is also apt to be made available to the media and the public in the coming days.

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