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Explosions rock industrial plant

St. Louis residents returned home on Saturday after an industrial plant explosion.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | ST LOUIS | June 25, 2005

St. Louis residents returned home on Saturday after an industrial plant explosion.

A five-block area had been evacuated after the explosions sent flames more than 150 feet into the air.

There was no determined cause as of Saturday for the large blasts at Praxair Distribution. The plant's employees were all evacuated safely, said company officials.

Air quality was being monitored by the city to ensure no hazardous materials were being released. Praxair Inc, of Danbury, Conn., is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide.

The company products are atmospheric gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon and rare gases, along with process and specialty gases like carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, semiconductor process gases and acetylene.


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