Chemical explosion burns man at plant

October 30, 1990

A chemical plant worker who received second- and third-degree burns on his face and neck when a mixture of chemicals exploded near him was in serious condition today in the regional burn unit at Francis Scott Key Medical Center, a spokeswoman there said.

Gregory Erickson, 31, of the 6900 block of E. Baltimore St., will remain hospitalized for several days, the spokeswoman said.

Erickson, an employee of Nova Pharmaceutical Corp. in the Holabird Industrial Park in southeast Baltimore, was in a cleaning room among routinely stored chemicals yesterday afternoon when metallic sodium came into contact with methyl alcohol and exploded, police said.

An investigation is under way to determine how the chemicals came into contact with each other.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office also was to investigate the incident to see if safety regulations had been violated.

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