Fatal Processing Plant Blast Has Far-Reaching Repercussions

Issue 10 and Volume 110.

Fatal Processing Plant Blast Has Far-Reaching Repercussions —Van News Photo Inc. Alert fire chiefs, following explosion, unearth soot cleaners being sold over a wide area, advertised as “inflammable but not explosive” but which contains ingredients that sparked Jersey City explosion. Incident raises interesting questions of responsibility and liability ON AUGUST 22, John Solkowski, began pulverizing a quantity of powdered material in the plant of the Walter C. Gregory Corporation, custom millers, 480 Henderson Street, Jersey City, N. J. The mixture consisted of potassium nitrate, sulfur, charcoal and anti-caking agent, which was marketed as a chimney cleaner. This chemical compound had been blended on the first floor of the plant in a single batch of 5,400 pounds. It was found that lumps existed in the product and it was decider! to pulverize it before shipment to the packager. Half of the mixture, which was contained in 11 drums holding 200-250 pounds…

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