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Biofuel plant up in flames in Mississippi

By: redagainPatti , 2:34 AM GMT on January 23, 2014

So there is a bit of news on the CBS Evening News which is talking about the massive explosion which rocked a North Mississippi biofuel plant this morning around 5:30 after a fire was reported. There were two men on duty but they both got out safe. The national news of CBS Evening News is saying it is in Jackson, Mississippi. They got the location wrong.

This is NOT in Jackson Mississippi.... but just north of a town called New Albany, and that is Northwest of Tupelo, Mississippi. My mom is about 15 miles downwind of the mess.

Along with sending plumes of smoke hundreds of feet into the air, the blaze meant workers at several nearby businesses could not go to work. Part of Highway 15 was closed as firefighters decided to let the blaze burn itself out.

“One of the chemicals that’s in here does not react well with water, it actually makes the fire bigger and can cause another explosion if it leaked out and we’re not for sure that it has leaked out yet,” said Curt Clayton, Union County Emergency Management Director.

Power has been restored to the Town of Blue Mountain and surrounding areas in Tippah County, including Blue Mountain College, which were affected earlier by a substation damaged by the explosion.

Union County authorities have issued a voluntary evacuation early in the evening for residents near the JNS Biodiesel Plant. But now have moved on evacuating approximately 50 homes in the North Haven Community as a fire continues to burn at the North Mississippi Biodiesel plant on Highway 15 about three miles north of New Albany. There were three explosions at the plant today and heavy smoke is settling in the evacuation area. Union County Emergency Management says the North Haven community is in a low lying area where the smoke is expected to linger.

The Red Cross has partnered with Victory Life Center, offering shelter to anyone affected by the blast. Residents should bring pillows. Cots and blankets will be provided. No pets are allowed. The shelter is open 24 hours and will remain open until the emergency is completely resolved. Victory Life Center is located at 116 North Denton Street, New Albany, MS 38652. You can call the Center at (662) 534-9013.

I am glad my mom is doing ok and has my sister with her or I would be up there now with my mom. The wind has died down and the smoke is hanging like they said.. in the area of the fire.

Here is a link to some clips of the fire.. Link

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9. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:24 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
redagainPatti has created a new entry.
8. GardenGrrl
11:03 AM GMT on February 17, 2014
Hi Patti, thanks for coming by. Aren't you glad you don't live next to the refinery. Yikes. I work in an industrial plant. As careless as some of my co-workers are, and I think it represents how many places are run, am really surprised more plants don't blow up.
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7. GardenGrrl
12:00 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
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6. Cloudyinthewest
5:52 AM GMT on February 12, 2014
Hello redagainPatti,

This is Dave (DaveFive) from San Jose, CA. I have relocated to my vacation place in Lyon County, Nevada where I can watch the snow fall. I will continue to keep weather updates on the California drought as well as Nevada.

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5. Skyepony (Mod)
7:30 PM GMT on January 24, 2014
I've been amazed how many exact locations are off in major events. Glad everyone was okay.
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4. redagainPatti
5:25 PM GMT on January 24, 2014
update... fire was finally put out by foam shipped in from somewhere... Don't know where.. late last night - 23rd... and the national news said nothing about getting the location off.. just started talking about the fire being three miles north of New Albany. Never shared that the location is in North Mississippi.

Everyone is ok up there even with three major explosions from the fire before they got the foam in to fight it. The highway remains close still this morning, three days later.. as there is some run off of oil and waste. Cleanup is just now being planned.
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3. Skyepony (Mod)
3:27 AM GMT on January 23, 2014
Hope your Mom & Sister can avoid that smoke!
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2. redagainPatti
2:50 AM GMT on January 23, 2014
Hugs Dear!! Love the new nick... Yes, bad news... and maybe a bit funny that the National New has the location all wrong. I tried to leave a comment on their site but could not get the web site to take the comment.
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1. Thoughtsteader
2:40 AM GMT on January 23, 2014
First - it's me, Linda, aka shoreacres. For a whole lot of reasons that really don't have much to do with WU, I've changed my avatar and handle. So - you do know me!

I'm so glad your sister is with your mom. What a terrible event. There was a bad condo fire in Dallas tonight, and I think there was an explosion of some sort in Nebraska yesterday or day before. These things are hard enough any time of year, but in the winter they're even worse - especially for those combatting them.

Thanks for the information and the links. Stay well!
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