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· Gold Bullet Member and Noted Curmudgeon
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Heard a bit on the evening news (NPR's All Things Considered) that at least two people were killed. May have also been some missing - I wasn't close to the radio and an air condition cut on and fuzzed that up a bit. Very sad. Powder plants have had a long history of doing that, of course. When DuPont was founded in 1802 by Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, the buildings had sturdy walls and VERY light roof structures so explosions vented up and blew the roofs off, but didn't usually damage the structures significantly. They expected explosions and planned accordingly, though they also tried to be very careful as lost product, dead workers and delays were expensive and to be avoided as much as possible.

EDIT 5/15/10 = story in newspaper this morning says 2 killed, one injured.
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