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Massive explosion rocks ArcelorMittal Dofasco on Christmas morning

Massive explosion rocks ArcelorMittal Dofasco on Christmas morning

There were no injuries at Hamilton’s Dofasco plant after and explosion in a slag pit on Christmas morning. Witnesses reported two or three explosions that shook buildings and rattled windows miles away.  The explosion took place around 11am.

In a release the company stated, “liquid slag / iron came into contact with moisture which caused the eruptions. The reaction was between water and primarily liquid iron and would have been comprised of mostly iron, iron oxide and water vapour, as well as silica, calcium, magnesium, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide.”

A plume of smoke was visible for several miles. Ben Guyatt who lives in Stoney Creek reported “I saw a massive fireball and heard 3 explosions. The shock wave nearly shattered my windows.” A Burlington resident tweeted that in addition to the explosions she saw large fire balls.

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