Factory Explosions Land Employees in Hospital

September 6, 2011 Updated Sep 6, 2011 at 12:40 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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September 6, 2011 Updated Sep 6, 2011 at 12:40 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - An explosion at the Luvata Plant on Military Road in Buffalo lands employees in the hospital, as authorities continue to investigate.

"It was a tremendous explosion I never felt anything like it. I lived here for 52 years never felt anything like it. The whole house shook," resident Mark Pamrow said.

Mark Pamrow lives directly across the street from the Luvata, a metal-manufacturing plant where the explosion happened just after six this morning.

"When you're casting hot molten material and there is contact with water there is a compression and then usually an explosion," Luvata Human Resource Director Jack Alonge said.

That explosion happened in a 30 by 30 feet furnace in the west wing of the factory. It injured four employees who were taken to ECMC with minor burns. One person had an injured ankle. Luckily, the explosion didn't affect other areas of the plant.

"Our casting department is isolated so there was no need to evacuate the entire building," Alonge said.

They evacuated only the vicinity around where the machine was located, for just minutes. The rest of the building wasn't affected. It was back to business for everyone just about an hour and a half after the incident.

"Everybody reported to work there were no interruptions," Alonge said.

Kathie Capozzi with the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York came to check out the scene.

"To make sure safety of people is good and that everything is ok for them," Capozzi said.

Capozzi said the air was safe but residents were still on edge.

"I was scared to death never seen anything like it," Pamrow said.

Currently, authorities and plant officials are working together to find out what cause the blast.