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Baltimore releases cause of March explosion at Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant

June 22, 2023

The explosion that rocked a building at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in March occurred because dust caught fire in a dryer used for sewage sludge, according to a report from the Baltimore City Fire Department. After the dryer turned on that morning, a spark ignited the dust, according to the report from the city’s captain of fire investigation. Then, thermal oil used in the dryer was ignited as well.

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

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