Explosion at candy factory in north Mexico kills one, injures dozens

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:31pm EDT

1 of 2. Family members of employees talk to a police officer after an explosion at a candy factory in Ciudad Juarez October 24, 2013.

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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - A boiler exploded at a candy factory in northern Mexico on Thursday, killing one person, injuring dozens and badly damaging the building, officials said.

They said at least one person was killed in the blaze at the factory which is located in an industrial park at Ciudad Juarez, a large city on the U.S. border.

"We're still searching the area to see if there are more dead," said Fernando Motta, head of the city's emergency services.

He said 11 people were badly injured, four of whom were in critical condition. Thirty people were treated for minor injuries, he said.

A second official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said around 20 people who work at the plant were unaccounted for. It was unclear if they were in the building at the time of the blast.

(Reporting by Julian Cardon, Dave Graham, Gabriel Stargardter and Luis Rojas; Editing by Sandra Maler and Mohammad Zargham)

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Ray132 wrote:
This type of boiler accident is common . Just last week a similar event occurred in Peru with fatalities
In the past I worked in boiler maintenance. The cause of most accidents is due to contaminated recycled feeding water. The solids in this water, mostly residues from candies, in this case, will clog the boiler water level control, which leads to malfunctioning, the water level drops ,the steam pressure increases to a level above the designed pressure that the boiler can withstand and an explosion ensues.
All boilers have one or two security relief valves that should release the extra pressure at a certain point, but most often than not, these valves malfunctions for the same clogging reason
This is an alert to the officials that check industrial plants, CHECK
the quality of the water entering the boiler

Oct 25, 2013 4:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Siberian wrote:
Milky way´╗┐ with a new explosive taste?

Oct 27, 2013 12:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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