Peril in the plant can be avoided with effective instrumentation. Transparency is vital at all levels of the operation -- including
cooperation of all of the above-mentioned personnel during
specification, design, documentation, construction and startup.
At 1:23 pm, some 20 metric tons of liquid hydrocarbon burst through a pipe leading to the flare stack, forming a vapour cloud and exploding. Twenty-six people suffered minor injuries, and a van just missed entering an area that became enveloped in the fireball. Had it not been Sunday, multiple deaths would have occurred in the plant, and injuries would have occurred in an area two miles away where shop windows were blown in.