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Explosion at State Office Campus Injuries Two

An explosion at the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany injuries two fire protection workers believed to be removing a halon tank from Building 12, a Department of Labor building.  The explosion occurred around 8:00 p.m. yesterday evening.  The workers were from the Tyco SimplexGrinnel fire protection company and their injuries are reported to be non-life threatening.

Halon is a chemical that is used to extinguish fires without damaging computer or other sensitive electrical equipment but has been obsolete for approximately 10 years.  Officials are reporting tht there was no fire from the explosion and the Albany Fire Department will be conducting an investigation into the exact cause of the explosion.

Explosions can be caused for many reasons, including improper handling, storange, or transport of chemicals, natural gas, and propane and can cause serious injuries or even death.  Explosions also commonly occur in industrial settings where large amounts of dust may be present and can be ignited by static electricity, friction, or defective wiring.  Often times, there is a lack of proper air ventilation or a failure to adhere to safety requirements that contributes to the explosion.  Those nearby when a blast occurs can sustain injuries related to chemical inhalation, burns, flying debris, and impact injuries.

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