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Oregon Plant Explosion Injures Five

September 8, 1999

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) _ An explosion at a titanium manufacturing plant, so powerful it was felt 10 miles away, left one worker critically burned and four others injured.

Tuesday night’s blast at the Oremet-Wah Chang plant, about 65 miles south of Portland, occurred during the titanium melting process in one of the plant’s buildings, said fire department spokeswoman Wanda Omdahl.

It was apparently sparked when water seeped into a containment vessel and came in contact with the molten metal.

No toxic chemicals were released, Omdahl said.

One worker was in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, and the others were treated at Albany General Hospital, Albany General spokeswoman Kim Sass said.

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