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Explosion Destroys Ohio Metals Factory, Injuring Over a Dozen People

Explosion Destroys Ohio Metals Factory, Injuring Over a Dozen People

The cause of the explosion at the brass and bronze alloy factory is not known.

What exactly is going on in Ohio?

An explosion tore through an Ohio metals plant on Monday, scattering molten metal and debris that rained down on neighboring buildings and injuring at least 14 people, mostly with burns, officials and witnesses said.

The blast sent smoke billowing into the sky that could be seen for miles around the damaged factory about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Cleveland.

The explosion at the I. Schumann & Co. metals plant in Bedford drew fire departments from throughout northeast Ohio.

The business is a brass and bronze alloy manufacturer. The cause of the explosion is unknown.

It’s unclear what caused the explosion. Witnesses told News 5 there were two explosions. A small explosion happened first, and a second, stronger one happened around 2:30 p.m.

…Oakwood Fire Department officials said the cause of the explosion is under investigation but called the facility a “relatively safe plant.”

“It’s a foundry, so you’re dealing with molten hot metal—so there’s always an inherent danger.”

Residents in several communities near the plant reported a bad smell following the incident.

“There has been reports of a smell of ‘Burning Oil’ in areas,” Broadview Heights Fire Department said on Facebook. This is likely from the fire scene. We are likely to notice this odor for a while yet.

Seven Hills Fire Department said they are aware of the haze and smell traveling through their area and told people not to call 911, as it may “tie up resources currently needed for the event in Oakwood.”

Given the recent black cloud experienced over Ohio, people in the area are understandably concerned.

Stephenie Davis was at her job in Oakwood Village when she suddenly felt the entire building start to shake. She walked to a window and saw a “huge cloud of black smoke” coming from a building less than 1,000 feet away, Davis told CNN.

Davis and her coworkers went outside to see what happened and saw debris on the roof and scattered through the parking lot, she said.

“Some windows at our neighboring building in front of us were blown out, cars were damaged and debris was on the ground on fire,” Davis said.


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Or it could be the FBI recycling those “pipe bombs” that spent all of 24 hours on the news cycle on January 6, then were never heard of again. Maybe it was the other one that was found yesterday behind that Philly church.

Dust? Natural gas?

I am also seeing that one of the 14 injured has passed away.

    NotCoach in reply to NotCoach. | February 21, 2023 at 9:34 am

    If they were using induction furnaces could also be a steam explosion if they allowed water to come in contact with molten metal.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to NotCoach. | February 21, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Water or other moisture getting into a crucible, or, molten metal spilled on concrete floor drawing up moisture and going bang.

We are at war and we are allowing the enemy to cross our borders in numbers that constitute a sizeable military. Many of them are trained terrorists. I know, that’s just crazy talk. Nothing but good people, mostly military-aged men, crossing our borders on our dime.

    It is not crazy talk to raise that as a concern; it is absolutely crazy talk to assert it as a fact.

      WWIII has begun. You just haven’t noticed.

      And the fifth column has imported it’s own foreign army to save the cost of a messy kinetic invasion. Explosions at meat processors, explosions in manufacturing plants, chicken farms bursting into flames everywhere, trains hauling toxic chemicals and fuel derailing constantly, UFOs only being detected because citizens are reporting them, the “big guy”visiting Ukraine probably to personally collect his latest 10% while Palestine OH (enemy Trump voter) territory smolders), truth tellers being accused of crazy talk for noticing, … Nope. Just normal. Nothing to see here.

      We only connect the dots around here once we have the “facts” to take a case to court. Reason, logic and common sense not allowed. Just “facts”.

        paracelsus in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 21, 2023 at 11:26 am

        More likely the Islamists that Joe Biden’s handlers have been importing for the past several years than anything of Vladimir Vladimirovich’ doing; we’re looking in the wrong direction.

Who is John Galt?

It may just be the retirement and resignation of the experienced people that used to work at these places. Throw in a bit of “save money on maintenance” by the newer managers.

    If your hiring standard is not meritocracy in dangerous places, expect more of this.

    CommoChief in reply to Martin. | February 21, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Good observation. Lots of competent and experienced folks took early retirement during Rona. Younger but valuable employees who refused the jab bailed for greener pastures. This is the unseen backstory in our economy and it has many ripples IMO.

What will this do to the availability and price of ammunition?

Is there a linkage between all of these “industrial”* fires and explosions of late? Or is this an artifact of the media – noticing something that has gone on but never been widely publicized before?
(* That includes all of the food factory problems.)

Is our industrial base incapable of being supported anymore? Is it a really bad run of coincidences?

February is turning out to be a bad month for Ohio.

Likely increase the price, as well as creating an availability problem.