GexCon US presented new investigation findings on the cause and origin of the Danvers explosion at a public meeting in Danvers, MA.
Dr Scott Davis, Vice President of Explosion and Fire Safety at GexCon US, presented recent investigation findings at the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel in Danvers May 27, 2009. The public meeting was well attended, both by local community members and representatives from the media. The main conclusion from the GexCon US investigation is that the cause identified by other agencies could not have caused the explosion, and caution should be taken when using simple tools to investigate such complex phenomena. GexCon US has investigated two more likely alternative scenarios regarding the cause of the blast. These include natural gas migration from leaks in the gas distribution lines and an accidental or intentional solvent spill.
Our findings are summarized in the following paper presented at the AIChE Global Loss Prevention Congress.