Chemical Explosion at Delaware Poultry Plant Injures Worker

Fire officials say a worker suffered facial trauma and burns in a chemical explosion at a poultry processing plant in Selbyville.

Selbyville Fire Chief Matthew Sliwa said by telephone that firefighters were called to the Mountaire Farms plant about 3 a.m. Thursday and the worker was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says in a statement that the explosion happened after the 34-year-old man mistakenly mixed two chemicals in a 2 ½ gallon sprayer. Officials say the sprayer over-pressurized and exploded. The worker was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. There was minor damage to the room where the explosion occurred.

Sliwa says no one else was hurt, but others had to be decontaminated.

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