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  Incident Title  
Man Severely Injured Following Explosion at Bristol University; Four Others Also Hurt    
Location Date of Incident
Bristol, United Kingdom 2/18/2000
CSB Incident Number NRC Report Number Board Ref. Number
2000-4676 None Reported None Reported
Current Status Date of Report Update
No CSB Action 2/20/2000 - 8:06 PM
Incident Types Location Types
- Explosion Fixed Facility
Evacuations Injuries Fatalities
None Reported 5 None Reported
Chemicals Involved
- Not specified
Description or Latest Development
Information Added: Saturday, February 19, 2000 - 2:09 PM
A construction worker accidentally cut through a gas pipe carrying an unspecified substance, sparking an explosion that severely injured him.

The 53-year-old building contractor was working in the medical school chemistry department when he cut through the pipe, said a spokesman for the Avon ambulance service in Bristol, western England.

A spark from the disk cutter the man was using set off an explosion that blew shrapnel into his chest, abdomen and upper leg, she said.  He and four other building workers who suffered shock were taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary.

No students or university staff were in the building at the time, the school said.

Sources ( * indicates the original source) Source Details
  • Media - Associated Press *
02-18-2000 0715EST 
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