Radiation Detected after Jacksonville Industrial Explosion
January 31, 2006
Fire-Rescue personnel said that an explosion in the 7500 block of Baymeadows
Way resulted in the release of radiation inside the building.
The fire department
began checking employee's radiation levels and about 20 people were put
through a decontamination process before radiation levels dropped to between
30 and 60 parts per million.
Fire-Rescue spokesman Tom Frances said 200 parts per million is considered unsafe. Frances went on to say that "We are not faced with a life-or=death situation here."
One person was hurt
by the explosion and was transported to St. Luke's Hospital, but information
was not available on the extent of injuries. About 15 other employees
were taken to area hospitals and were treated for high blood pressure,
anxiety and other complaints. None of them suffered any effects of radiation
exposure said Frances.
employees were evacuated from the facility.
Unison's web site
says that the company makes aviation parts, with power condition and control
units made at the Jacksonville facility.