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May 10, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Crews in West Helena, Ark., built a levee out of dirt and sand around a chemical packaging plant to keep poison-laden rainwater from entering the Mississippi River after an explosion killed three firefighters. The plant's owner said the pesticides in the chemical-filled warehouse were not supposed to be explosive and that the 27-cubic-foot bag--about the size of a backyard garbage can--did not generate enough heat to set off the sprinklers.
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January 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Three men working on a tank at an oil refinery in Smackover, Ark., were killed in an explosion that was heard for miles. The contract employees were working on a naphtha tank valve at the Cross Oil Refinery, said State Police Capt. Larry Gleghorn. Naphtha is a colorless, volatile petroleum distillate, usually an intermediate product between gasoline and benzine.
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May 9, 1997 | Associated Press
A pesticide-fueled fire at a chemical packaging plant sparked an explosion Thursday, killing three firefighters who became trapped beneath concrete blocks in a thick cloud of poisonous smoke. Sixteen firefighters and one civilian were injured in the explosion at BPS Inc., which packages agricultural pesticides and herbicides, officials said. Mayor Riley Porter said a fourth firefighter was missing.
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May 10, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Crews in West Helena, Ark., built a levee out of dirt and sand around a chemical packaging plant to keep poison-laden rainwater from entering the Mississippi River after an explosion killed three firefighters. The plant's owner said the pesticides in the chemical-filled warehouse were not supposed to be explosive and that the 27-cubic-foot bag--about the size of a backyard garbage can--did not generate enough heat to set off the sprinklers.
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January 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Three men working on a tank at an oil refinery in Smackover, Ark., were killed in an explosion that was heard for miles. The contract employees were working on a naphtha tank valve at the Cross Oil Refinery, said State Police Capt. Larry Gleghorn. Naphtha is a colorless, volatile petroleum distillate, usually an intermediate product between gasoline and benzine.
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May 9, 1997 | Associated Press
A pesticide-fueled fire at a chemical packaging plant sparked an explosion Thursday, killing three firefighters who became trapped beneath concrete blocks in a thick cloud of poisonous smoke. Sixteen firefighters and one civilian were injured in the explosion at BPS Inc., which packages agricultural pesticides and herbicides, officials said. Mayor Riley Porter said a fourth firefighter was missing.
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