Plant Evacuated After Explosion, Chemical Leak

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There's been an explosion at the Nestle Plant in Mt. Sterling. It happened around one Friday morning.

A Nestle spokesperson tells 27 NEWSFIRST an ammonia pressure vessel ruptured around 2:15. About 100 people were working third shift inside the plant at the time. The building was immediately evacuated.

Since the plant is in an industrial park, other businesses were evacuated as well.

Seven people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, treated and released. Emergency crews on the scene checked everyone who left the plant. We're told no one suffered serious injuries.

The explosion caused a wall collapse and an ammonia spill. Investigators are still looking into what may have caused the explosion.

Businesses in Woodland Industrial Park have now been given the all clear.

All shifts were cancelled at the plant Friday.

The plant makes Hot Pockets.


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  • by Cletus Location: KY on Mar 4, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    Yes, but your missing your beloved Dave.
  • by Chris Location: Mt.Sterling on Aug 22, 2009 at 12:37 AM
    2 years later and the plant is up and running trouble free
  • by unknown Location: ky on Aug 5, 2007 at 02:00 AM
    somebody isnt doing there job they need to get fired and get someone who will before alot of innocent workers actually get hurt this time do something people.....
  • by unknown Location: ky on Aug 5, 2007 at 01:52 AM
    we are all concerned about our safety and safety of our friends and family that work at nestle we are all scared to go back but i agree they need to let us draw unemployment until they get it fixed.public needs to speak up and nestle workers to stay at home until they get it fixed.they need to have drills to prove the alarms actually work and need need kick someones axx thats suppose to be checking the amonia tanks if their not doing their job fire them get someone who will before it actually kills us next time
  • by Greg Webb Location: Mt. Sterling on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:38 PM
    First off, I would like to thank the Maintenence team for their professionalism during the unfortunate events Friday morning. An explosion occured and no one was seriously injured, that is something to say. The Mt.Sterling Nestle plant is on top of safety, and it is the NUMBER ONE priority. There are times when things happen that are unpredictable, and Friday's event was one of those things. NO individual will walk into the Nestle plant if there is potential danger, so go to work feeling safe and secure.
  • by Anonymous Location: jeffersonville,ky on Jun 12, 2007 at 06:44 PM
    i do know that the ammonia truck was filled up on thursday than the explosion on was on friday. maybe something went wrong there
  • by maintenence 1ST on Jun 11, 2007 at 02:57 PM
    Why point fingers Eric (georgetown)the maintenence workers you are accusing are professionals at there jobs, and my brothers.Those persons are responsible for a successful evacuation that saved many lives.Nestle workers should thank those 3rd shift maint. and refridg. PROFESIONALS....
  • by PHYLLIS Location: Bath Co. on Jun 10, 2007 at 07:41 AM
    I just want the conditions to be safe. before we return to work.
  • by Matthew Location: Mount Sterling on Jun 9, 2007 at 03:30 PM
    I was actually at the factory when the explosion happened. Lucky no one was seriously injuried. I work on second and was still there.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    are we going back to work monday
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