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UPDATE with PHOTOS: Fatality in bulb recycler explosion is Johnson City's second industrial death in less than a week

Becky Campbell • Updated Mar 15, 2018 at 9:12 AM

A worker killed at a fluorescent bulb recycling facility Wednesday afternoon became the second industrial accident fatality in Johnson City this week.

Johnson City Fire Department District Chief Mike Oliver confirmed one person died in the explosion at Lighting Resources Llc., 300 Boggs Lane, a fluorescent bulb recycling facility.

Firefighters were responding to a fire alarm at the business around 4:30 p.m. when people called 911 and reported hearing a loud boom.

The explosion rocked the surrounding area. Neighbors and workers at other nearby businesses reported feeling their homes and buildings shake.

One man said he was in his car and felt the blast, which killed one person in the building and sent one to a local hospital with serious injuries.

According to Oliver, eight people were inside the business when the explosion happened at the back of the building. That area was not visible from Buffalo Road, which runs in front of the business, but Oliver said there was a good bit of damage to the facility.

The fire department’s Urban Search and Rescue technical team responded to the scene with a tractor trailer that holds shoring equipment as well as a load of 4-by-4 posts. The equipment was necessary to make the area where the victim was located safe for rescuers to enter.

Emergency workers have not yet released the cause of the explosion, nor the name of the person killed.

On Saturday, employee James Reed was killed when material inside a silo collapsed at QEP Co. Inc., 2225 Eddie Williams Road, while spraying sawdust off the inside walls of the silo.

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Reported earlier:

Johnson City District Chief Mike Oliver confirmed one person has died in a Wednesday explosion at a fluorescent bulb recycling facility, making the second fatal industrial accident in Johnson City in less than a week.

The explosion, at Lighting Resources Llc., 300 Boggs Lane, killed one person in the building and sent one to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Six other people in the building at the time of the explosion were unharmed.

Emergency workers have not yet released the cause of the explosion.

On Saturday, employee James Reed was killed in a silo collapse at QEP Co. Inc., 2225 Eddie Williams Road, while spraying sawdust off the inside walls of the silo.

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Reported earlier:

Emergency crews were called to the scene of an apparent explosion at a south Johnson City business Wednesday afternoon.

A witness reported hearing two booms followed by a louder boom at Lighting Resources Llc., 300 Boggs Lane. Debris could be seen in trees near the building off Buffalo Road.

Smoke could be seen rising in front of Buffalo Mountain from nearby properties.

The business recycles fluorescent light bulbs.

The Johnson City Fire and Police Departments and Washington County-Johnson City Emergency Medical Services were on the scene. The 911 dispatch went out at 4:34 p.m.

The Johnson City Press has a reporter at the scene. Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details on this developing story as they are made available.

 

 

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