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Explosion Kills One, Injures One at Bayer’s West Virginia Plant

September 8, 2008 | Kara Sissell and Kerri Walsh

Bayer CropScience and local fire department officials say they have not yet identified the cause of an August 28 explosion that killed one and injured another at Bayer CropScience’s plant at Institute, WV. “There was a chemical release in the immediate area of the structure which developed into a fire several minutes later,” Bayer says. The chemical release was prior to the explosion and is believed to be an ingredient used to produce Bayer’s Larvin insecticide, says a source at the Institute fire department (Dunbar, WV) who was present at...

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