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Imperial Sugar tragedy: Repercussions continue decade later
Tragedy killed 14, injured dozens
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An overview of the fire damage to the Imperial Sugar refinery after an explosion rocked the facility in February 2008. 14 people were killed in the blast and dozens more were injured. - photo by U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
PORT WENTWORTH — Broken equipment inside a steel conveyor belt sparked the first explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth on a mild winter night 10 years ago. The initial blast rocked the building, jolting more dust into the air. And like so much tiny kindling, that dust ignited seconds later, creating a fireball visible miles away.
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