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No injuries reported in explosion at Oxford plant

Posted September 24, 2013

Sky5 shows an aerial view of an explosion at the CertainTeed plant in Oxford. No one was injured when the machine, used to make asphalt shingles, became too pressurized and exploded.

— CertainTeed in Oxford shut down Tuesday morning after a piece of equipment used to make asphalt shingles pressurized and exploded, a company spokesman said.

No one was injured, but the plant was evacuated as a precaution.

Spokesman Mike Loughery said the machine, which resembles a silo and sits outside a building, was empty when it exploded. There was no fire, he said, but crews were checking to make sure the noise and vibration did not create unstable conditions inside.

A total of 125 employees were evacuated.

Loughery said the plant would not reopen until the investigation is completed.

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, CertainTeed manufactures building materials. The company employs about 7,000 people and has 40 facilities nationwide.


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