Explosion at Pascagoula plant; 1 dead, 2 injured

PASCAGOULA — One person is dead and two injured in an explosion at the Mississippi Phosphates plant in Pascagoula.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd tells the Associated Press that the explosion occurred about 7:15 a.m. Friday and was a steam explosion.

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The identities of the dead and injured have not been released.

Byrd says the explosion occurred in the work yard.

Earl Etheridge, state on-scene coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Quality, says there was no danger to the public or the environment. He says plant officials report no chemical release.

On May 21, an explosion killed 39-year-old Jeffrey Simpson.

Madison, Miss.-based Mississippi Phosphates Corp. manufactures diammonium phosphate at the Pascagoula facility.

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