February, 1980

This is a repeating event

198011FebAll DayPermaflex Longport Explosion 1980Permaflex Stoke (GB)Industry:ManufacturingCountry:United KingdomLanguage:ENLoC:Fire exposure Origin: HSE Incident:VCEHazards:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (On Site Injuries)Effects:< 100 InjuriesMaterial:LPG


On the 11 February 1980 a fire and a series of explosions occurred at a warehouse in a factory at Trubshaw Cross, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent. On the morning of the fire the warehouse contained some 49 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in cartridges and aerosol containers as well as about 1 tonne of petroleum mixtures in small containers, raw materials, and packaging materials. It is almost certain that the source of ignition was the electrical system of a battery operated fork lift truck.

LPG is a well known fire and explosion hazard; the circumstances of the fire emphasise the need for occupiers of premises containing LPG to be adequately informed, by obtaining information and advice from authoritative sources, on the hazards of LPG and the precautions to be observed in its storage.

Report: https://www.icheme.org/media/13695/the-fire-and-explosions-at-permaflex-trubshaw-cross-stoke.pdf

Image Credit: Stoke Sentinel


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