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Explosion Reported At Sterling Plant

One person was taken to a hospital with burns after an explosion at a business in Sterling.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says there was a chemical reaction resulting in an explosion at the Austin Powder plant on Ekonk Hill Road.  The Sterling Fire Department reports a “yellow cloud” resulting from the reaction — but no fire.  The DEEP hazardous materials team was responding to the scene.

State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance says it happened around 10 this morning.  The State Fire Marshal’s office will work with the local fire marshal.

The Department of Transportation said Route 49 is closed in both directions between New Road and Cedar Swamp Road.


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