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Huge explosion at Pennsylvania plant injures at least three people

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A massive explosion has erupted at an industrial refrigeration plant in Pennsylvania injuring three people.

The manufacturing facility possibly owned by Johnson Controls, is an industrial conglomerate that makes HVAC and security systems for buildings, Newsweek reported. 

The calamity took place on Tuesday morning around 7:30 am at the plant located at 100 Cumberland Valley Ave in Waynesboro, near the state’s southern border with Maryland.

The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined. OSHA is investigating the incident, WGAL News reported. 

A massive explosion has erupted at an industrial refrigeration plant in Pennsylvania injuring three people; two of the injured had to be airlifted to hospital, and one of them to a burn unit 

Caution tape was placed near a fence by the plant on Tuesday after the explosion

Caution tape was placed near a fence by the plant on Tuesday after the explosion 

Two of the injured were airlifted to WellSpan York Hospital, and John Hopkins Bayview Burn Center, Mary Kay Seville, assistant director of the emergency services department told The Record Herald.

The third person was transported by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Maryland.

An inside view of the manufacturing plant at Johson Controls in Waynesboro where Tuesday's explosion took place

An inside view of the manufacturing plant at Johson Controls in Waynesboro where Tuesday’s explosion took place 

It is unclear the extent of their injuries at this time.  

Thirteen agencies responded to the scene, including EMS, the fire department and two medical helicopters. 

The coroner’s office was also expected, according to the news outlet. 

A Johnson Controls spokesperson issued the following statement.

‘The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority, and we are actively assessing the situation and working with local response teams.’

‘We will provide more information as appropriate as we learn more.’

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