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Mixing chemicals reportedly causes explosion at Cary lab

Posted September 9, 2010
Updated September 10, 2010

Natland International is located in Research Triangle Park.

— An explosion at a Research Triangle Park company that researches and synthesizes chemicals forced about 50 employees onto the street Thursday afternoon.

Susan Moran, spokeswoman for the Town of Cary, said that the explosion damaged ceiling tiles and laboratory cabinets but caused no structural damage to Natland International Corporation's facility at 2700 Gateway Centre Blvd. No injuries were reported.

The explosion occurred while an employee was doing a routine mixture of chemicals, including trimethyl fluoro sulfuric anhydride, sodium nitride and water, she said.

Cary firefighters, a Raleigh haz-mat team, OSHA inspectors and Wake County environmental workers were investigating.

Moran said Thursday that there was no word on any fines, but Natland might be held responsible for emergency response costs.


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  • Not Now Sep 9, 2010

    If they were mixing chemicals in a vat of ice water, it must have been a very exothermic reaction (creates heat). If the temperature gets too great, then poo happens.

  • puttputtstick Sep 9, 2010

    I work in the building which is leased by multiple companies. Around 1:15pm we heard an explosion. The local fire department had us evacuate a short time later. No one was injured. I was near the employees of Natland while the hazmat team interviewed them. They did not appear to be injured either. Someone from the hazmat indicated they were mixing some chemicals in a vat of ice water??? and it exploded blowing ceiling tiles off and damaging some upper cabinets. I am back in the building now.

  • Justin T. Sep 9, 2010

    I just hope that nobody is hurt as a result of exposure to the burning chemicals.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Sep 9, 2010

    LOL @ Hans. No doubt...

  • sap0953 Sep 9, 2010

    I'm sure if you (HANS)were employed in the bldg, you would have been very happy to have a large response to an explosion. It's for the safety of everyone!!!!!

  • Hans Sep 9, 2010

    Have they called in Homeland Insecurity, the FBI, and BATFE yet?