Dust Explosions

Issue 4 and Volume 75.

Dust Explosions The explosion and fire in the Corn Products starch plant in Pekin, Ill., as described in this week’s issue, again brings to the fore the general subject of explosion from dust and the problems which arise from atmospheres charged with explosive particles of dust in different classes of manufacture. While, no doubt, the number of fatal accidents from this cause have been greatly reduced through scientific purification of the dust-laden atmosphere in such plants, carelessness in this respect is still rampant and there are, no doubt, many other plants throughout the country which, given favorable conditions to such an occurrence, would be liable to equally severe explosions as that at Pekin. The short summary of the investigations made jointly by John G. Gamber, fire marshal of Illinois and D. J. Price and his associates of the United States Department of Agriculture, as furnished FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING by…

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