A chain reaction that began with an explosion in El Dorado Chemical’s strong nitric acid plant reactor system ultimately led to a series of sulfur fires early Tuesday morning, said Greg Withrow, of EDC.
The tremor felt across El Dorado was likely due to the principal explosion from which debris caused damage to the nearby sulfur tank, resulting in small fires the El Dorado and Norphlet fire departments spent hours extinguishing, Withrow said.
Four employees were transported to the Medical Center of South Arkansas with high blood pressure and chest pains. Three have since been released and the fourth is doing well, Withrow said.
He added that any injuries resulting from the explosion could have been much worse if the incident had occurred during the day when more than 15 employees are in the plant.
More in tomorrow’s News-Times.