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Five injured, one seriously, in explosion near Patriots Point

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Scene of an explosion at Patriots Point Boulevard in Mount Pleasant Scene of an explosion at Patriots Point Boulevard in Mount Pleasant

Five workers injured Friday, one seriously, in a small explosion at a manhole site off of Patriot's Point Road. The explosion that injured several workers occurred just after 11 am Friday morning.

Battalion Chief Steven Drozd confirms that the workers were using nitrogen to pressurize a line when the explosion happened. Workers were both above and below the manhole at the time, and it was the ones above the manhole that were injured by flying shrapnel as a piece of equipment fell.

The workplace accident certainly drawing attention from neighboring workers. Milton Langley works at the College of Charleston baseball field across the street. He says, "I heard an explosion behind me and I thought initially it was a blown tire. Kind of muffled, so I didn't pay that much attention to it."

The property is just off of a dirt road. It is labeled as owned by SCE&G, but the utility trucks on premise all belonged to UTEC Constructors Corporation, based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Calls and emails made to the corporation have not been returned.

 

 

 

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