Explosion kills man in Middlesex


Staff Writer

Friday, November 24, 2017

A man was killed Friday morning from a tank explosion at a water and wastewater treatment chemical plant in Nash County.

Middlesex Police Chief Mike Collins said the tank exploded around 9:30 a.m. at Pencco Inc at 10143 U.S. 264A in Middlesex. Collins said the identity of the man is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin, but he said the man was a Pencco employee and was working alone when the explosion happened.

Collins said a Middlesex police officer received a report of an explosion or loud bang coming from the plant. During the investigation, authorities found a deceased person from the explosion that occurred outside of the plant, Collins said. Authorities were able to remove the body from the scene around 2:30 p.m., Collins said.

“We’re not sure what caused the explosion, but early indication was that he was working or doing something out there on one of those tanks possibly with an electrical saw or drill and some type of spark caused the explosion,” he said.

Several agencies worked the scene with the Middlesex Police Department, including the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Middlesex Fire Department, Nash County Emergency Services, North Carolina Hazmat Unit and other local and state agencies.