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Worker killed in water treatment plant explosion

April 23, 2013
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The men were disassembling part of a sludge storage tank when the torches they were using ignited methane gas.

An explosion Monday afternoon at a wastewater treatment plant in Dexter, Mich., left one man dead and another injured, Detroit Free Press reported.

The men were disassembling part of a sludge storage tank when the torches they were using ignited methane gas, according to an official with the Dexter Area Fire Department.

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Both workers were transported to University of Michigan Hospitals where one man died. The other man is in stable condition, the article stated.

The men were working for a contractor involved with a $3.3 million project to improve sludge handling at the plant, according to the story.

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