An explosion occurred at the Bonnell Aluminum Plant in Newnan, Coweta County,
this morning, leaving at least five employees were injured. The blast
originated in the casting department at approximately 9:15 a.m., and left
a hole in the plant’s roof. Bonnell Aluminum is one of the leading
manufacturers of aluminum extrusions in the U.S., with several plant locations
across the nation.
One of the employees was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital, two were sent
to a local facility, and two employees received treatment immediately
at the site. Some reported that shrapnel from the blast was sent careening
into nearby buildings and other businesses. Witnesses also reported metal
pieces flying straight up into the air, some reaching as high as 30 feet.
Emergency protocol for the plant called for an immediate evacuation of
the area, and employees were told to stay home. All roads leading to the
plant had been closed off until about half past noon, and was then reopened.
Relatives and other close ones convened at Fire Station 138, located on
Temple Avenue, hoping to look for loved ones who were employees of the
plant and information. Damage to the plant only “cosmetic,”
according to a report from AJC.com and that it is is not a “hazmat”
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