Workers suffer burns from sewer plant explosion

By the Times staff
Published May 27, 2007

TAMPA -- Two workers suffered first- and second-degree burns early this morning after an explosion at the city's Port of Tampa sewer treatment plant at 2700 Maritime Blvd., Tampa Fire Rescue officials said.

The two men, employees of a private contractor, had been working inside a large building where sludge is dried and mixed with a fertilizer. Fire officials say this process puts a fine dust into the air inside the building and somehow the dust ignited causing a flash fire at 6:49 a.m.

Both men, whose names were not released, escaped with burns on their faces, arms and necks. They were transported to Tampa General Hospital. Their injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening.

Fire crews found no damage to the building.