Flixborough disaster, 1974

Flixborough disaster, 1974

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Caption: Flixborough disaster. Destroyed chemical plant buildings in Flixborough, North Lincolnshire, UK, following the explosion of 1 June 1974. A total of 28 people were killed and 36 seriously injured in what is known as the Flixborough disaster. The site was operated by Nypro UK, and produced an intermediate product for nylon by oxidising hot liquid cyclohexane with compressed air. A mechanical failure led to a leak and a large cloud of cyclohexane gas ignited causing a massive explosion that was heard 50 kilometres away and damaged over 1000 buildings in the surrounding area. The resulting inquiry led to improved health and safety regulations for chemical plants.

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