Eufaula's Ford Sandblasting plant under investigation since February, according to DEQ officials

MCINTOSH COUNTY, Okla. - Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are in Eufaula Wednesday investigating an explosion at a plant that sent two to the hospital with severe burns.

The explosion happened at Ford Sandblasting just before 1 p.m. when a worker dropped a propane tank from a fork lift, starting a fire that caused other tanks to explode.

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Hillcrest Hospital officials say Mike Cox and Don Hamilton are in critical condition after suffering second- and third-degree burns to 60 percent of their bodies.

Meanwhile, state and federal investigators are working to determine what led to the explosion at the plant.

Eufaula Mayor Selina Dornan says neighbors complained about noise and paint fumes from the plant, which is located in a commercial zoning area.  Neighbors were concerned the work being done was industrial.

The city sent a letter to the plant's owner, asking them to cease and desist operations until it could investigate.

Dornan says as far as she knows there was nothing illegal going on at the plant, but investigators with the Department of Environmental Quality say the facility has been under investigation since February.

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