A large explosion occurred at the Wichita Falls Vitro plant on Sunday afternoon. Nine people were injured in the Wichita Falls Vitro plant explosion. Eight were taken to area hospitals by ground ambulance, one victim was airlifted. The current status of eight of Wichita Falls Vitro plant explosion victims is not known. The individual who was airlifted is in critical condition at this time. The names of the victims have not yet been released to the public, pending notification of family members.
Initially, a gas leak was reported to be the underlying cause of the Wichita Falls Vitro plant explosion. According to those early reports from the scene of the blast, the alleged gas leak occurred next to an active burner.
In fact, a molten glass leak was the cause of the Wichita Falls Vito plant explosion accident. Vitro issued the following statement about the blast:
A glass leak occurred at the Wichita Falls plant of Vitro Flat Glass, LLC. The furnace of line number two developed a leak allowing hot, molten glass to escape from the vessel. The molten glass caused materials under the furnace to ignite. Wichita Falls Fire and EMS was called to the plant to help seal the leak. Glass plant employees were taken to United Regional Hospital for treatment of heat stress. Plant and engineering specialists will be working to determine the root cause of the glass leak and identify any required long-term repairs.
Vitro is the largest glass producer in Mexico and one of the world's largest organizations in the glass industry. Founded in 1909 in Monterrey, Mexico, this corporation has 30 subsidiaries in Mexico, United States, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama.
Its companies produce, distribute, and market a wide range of glass articles, which are part of the daily life of millions of people in 34 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. It was founded by Roberto Sada Muguerza in 1909. It is one of the world's largest glass producers. Vitro now focuses on producing flat glass.
Little information is yet available on the exact reasons why the molten glass leak occurred at the Vitro plant. An investigation has commenced to glean exactly what went awry that allowed for this to occur. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA is likely to be an agency leading the agency.
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