Dixie Crystals Plant Explodes

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. — Firefighters have pulled four bodies from the rubble of a still-burning sugar refinery that exploded Thursday night and are searching for at least four others workers who remain missing, according to Georgia’s top fire official. More than 50 other workers were injured, more than 15 critically, in the blast.

“We continue to look for survivors. We pray that there will be survivors,” Georgia’s Fire Commissioner John Oxendine said.

Source:  News4Jax, First Coast News

While I knew how explosive grain dust and sawdust can be, it never occurred to me that my ol’ friend and nemesis sugar could have such an evil side.   And Dixie Crystals, too!  That’s the brand of sugar I always buy.  

I hope that those that were so badly injured in this industrial accident have a swift recovery, and my condolences to the families of those that lost their lives while working to make our lives sweeter.

9 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    dymphna said,

    I can’t think of anything more painful than being burned with hot sugar…those poor people.

    And I didn’t realize you were from Savannah…despite the humidity one of my favorite places. And Tybee Beach is not too far.

  2. 2

    Robert D said,

    Here’s an update Swamps. Death Toll Up to 4 in Georgia Sugar Refinery Blast; 4 More Still Missing

    What happened to your site? It’s a bit miscomboobled. Or is that on my end?

  3. 3

    swampie said,

    Yikes, so it is! Must have been something I did. I may have to go through and remove posts until I find t he culprit.

  4. 4

    swampie said,

    Nope, not from Savannah, but fairly close.

  5. 5

    swampie said,

    Well, snap, I thought it was the childhood obesity post, removed it, and am still screwed up.


  6. 6

    swampie said,

    Hey, even a techno-boob with a head cold can resolve the problem if they elminate enough stuff!

  7. 7

    swampie said,

    Dang, and I though the screw up was due to all the lovely boll weevil pictures which I removed. Oops.

  8. 8

    Robert D said,

    aaahhhhhhh…..that’s better. 🙂

  9. 9

    swampie said,

    Think how relieved I feel!

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