Six people were severely burned in an explosion in Central Mississippi

KIRney PARK, Mississippi. At least six workers suffered serious burns in an explosion Friday morning in downtown Mississippi.

According to WLBT-TV, the explosion occurred at a salt water dump in Madison County.

According to Minor Norman, Madison County Fire Department Coordinator, at least six people suffered burns to at least 50% of their bodies, with one person suffering burns from head to toe. Two people were airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment.

Norman said the cause of the explosion was still being investigated Friday.

“We’re not sure what caused this,” Norman said. “There were four reservoirs for storing products from oil wells. They (workers) were replacing two tanks with new fiberglass tanks. They were getting ready to go when the old tank exploded.”

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality was called to the scene to investigate.

The injured are employees of WS Red Hancock, a Mississippi welding and fabrication company. On Friday, company representatives told WLBT-TV that they were evaluating the situation but had no further information.

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