Pretty big boom, it was heard and felt on from north side of higgins to grayling.Arauco Particle board plant explosion and fire.
Yep.Could be the glue or the source of the hear for the dryer but most likely it was the fine wood dust being ignited by an ignition source. It's a serious issue for any wood working shop.
Yep. I think rule of thumb is 1/16th of an inch thick layer is cause for concern.Dust is a big issue. During the midnight shift we had people getting in lifts and using air wands to blow dust off beams or any other flat surfaces to minimize the explosion potential. When you have an explosion it's not the first one that is large. The first one knocks all the dust off and gets it airborne and if there's an ignition source, the secondary explosion is the big one. I believe that's what happened at the GP plant in Gaylord years ago. I'd be interested to know if this occurred in an outside piece of equipment or inside a building.