Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston stands in front of Herod Industries. Emergency personnel immediately arrived on the scene after an explosion Wednesday morning was reported, and Johnston said the building has been deemed safe.

Photo by Noelle Leavitt Riley

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston stands in front of Herod Industries. Emergency personnel immediately arrived on the scene after an explosion Wednesday morning was reported, and Johnston said the building has been deemed safe.

No injuries from explosion at Herod Industries in Craig on Wednesday morning

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Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston stands in front of Herod Industries. Emergency personnel immediately arrived on the scene after an explosion Wednesday morning was reported, and Johnston said the building has been deemed safe.

An explosion Wednesday morning at Herod Industries in Craig blew a hole in the company’s roof and left community members concerned after the loud noise.

No one was injured in the incident that happened at 12th and Rose streets.

“We had a vacuum trailer over pressurized that exploded. We had a small section of the roof that was damaged,” said Guy Bradshaw, health, environment and safety coordinator at Herod. “It’s under investigation.”

Herod workers were conducting welding and cutting operations on a tanker-trailer.

“The trailer was empty of fluids,” Bradshaw said. “What we were trying to do was to extend the bracket on the trailer to the truck that you hook up for air.”

The welding operations heated the tank, which eventually exploded.

“It’s like if you take a plastic water bottle and put it on a fire,” Bradshaw said.

Community members in north Craig heard the explosion, and emergency personnel from Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital EMS, Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Yampa Valley Electric Association and Craig City Building Inspection immediately arrived on the scene.

“The building has been inspected by the building inspector and is deemed safe,” Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston said. “We have made sure the area is safe and that there are no vapors present.”

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com

Comments

melonie barrett 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Do they not still install pressure relief valves on these trucks????I think this company needs to step back and look at there equip.Just sayin

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firstofthefallen 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I believe more important than looking at their equipment would be a serious review of this companies safety practices. Taking short cuts or oversights such as this could lead to another fatal accident.

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Colette Erickson 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I would think their insurance carrier, if nothing else, would be forcing a safety "best practices" and safety education/procedures audit. So lucky that no one was killed this time.

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David Moore 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Under investigation by whom? Has OSHA been called to look into this? Better a hit on the business to make improvements than another death, which by the sounds of it was narrowly avoided....this time.

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