A spokesman for BPS, Inc., which specializes in packaging agricultural pesticides and herbicides, said a smoldering bag of chemicals caught fire and triggered the explosion. BPS is one of the companies that packages Dursban insecticide for DowElanco, Indianapolis. A child-resistant, senior-friendly bag holding individual water-soluble pouches of Dursban 50W has twice won packaging honors in the annual competition of the Flexible Packaging Assn. (see PW, March '97, p. 78).
Chemical packaging plant explodes
An explosion followed by a fire at a chemical packaging plant in West Helena, AR, killed three firefighters and caused the governor to declare a state of emergency as the area was evacuated due to toxic fumes.
May 31st, 1997
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