Processing Magazine

LSB closes chemical plant following explosion

May 16, 2012

EL DORADO, Ark. — LSB Industries, a maker of nitrogen-based chemical products, is closing its biggest chemical manufacturing facility for an indefinite amount of time following an explosion that caused significant damage, Reuters reported.

A reactor exploded early Tuesday morning, causing extensive damage to the company’s direct strong nitric acid (DSN) plant, which represents about 20 percent of its El Dorado, Ark., facility’s total capacity.

The explosion also caused minor damage to the three other acid plants at the facility, the article stated.

No injuries were reported.