May 5, 1988 |
Three searing explosions of orange flame Wednesday destroyed a plant that makes rocket fuel oxidizer for the space shuttle and many of the nation's nuclear missiles. The blasts flattened a candy factory next door. One person was killed and 210 were hurt, one critically. At 10 p.m., officials said all employees at both the Pacific Engineering and Production Co. and the Kidd and Co. marshmallow factory had been accounted for. Nevada Gov.
July 29, 1988 |
The Nevada Division of Occupational Safety and Health on Thursday cited Pacific Engineering & Production Co. for a host of safety violations and recommended a $36,455 fine in connection with the May 4 explosion that leveled its Henderson, Nev., plant. The blast resulted in two deaths, 300 injuries and $73 million in property damage in the adjoining community.
May 12, 1988 |
Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. stunned and angered residents and authorities here Wednesday by resuming production of a rocket fuel component only a week after the lethal explosion of another company's nearby plant that processed the same material. Kerr-McGee announced the shutdown of its plant the day after the blast and assured residents and officials that it would not resume production until the cause of the explosion was determined.
May 13, 1988 |
Operators of a plant that processed a rocket fuel component for the U.S. space shuttle and nuclear missile programs on Thursday blamed a leaking natural gas line for explosions last week that killed two people and caused $74 million in damage. The announcement by Pacific Engineering & Production Co. came only hours after the nation's only other processor of the solid fuel component, Kerr-McGee Corp.
May 12, 1988 |
The Kerr-McGee Corp. has agreed to temporarily suspend production of ammonium perchlorate until an independent safety inspection finds the company's Henderson, Nev., plant is safe, Gov. Richard Bryan announced today. Bryan said the company agreed to the temporary shutdown late this morning after several hours of talks. Kerr-McGee resumed production of the chemical Tuesday after shutting the plant down following last week's massive blasts at the Pacific Engineering and Production Co.
May 16, 1985 |
In an attempt to make itself more attractive to public investors, Irvine-based American Pacific Corp. said Wednesday that its board of directors is considering the sale of its real estate and housing operations to its chairman and principal stockholder in an approximately $10-million stock transaction. "Basically it is our feeling the stock market doesn't value real estate companies fairly," said American Pacific Vice President Paul L. Winther.