An explosion at a Magna International divisional plant in Newmarket, ON, a manufacturing facility for Dortec Industries, occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Some nine people were injured in the accident and five or six (reports vary) were sent to the hospital. Magna has reported that all workers have since been released from the hospital.
Reporting by Canada's National Post indicates that the explosion was described by Magna as a "minor arc flash explosion," on the manufacturing line, and notes that there was no fire as a result of it. All of the Dortec plant's 200 employees were evacuated after the event. A full investigation into the blast is still ongoing, but so far no structural damage to the facility has been reported.

Magna International is a major automotive supplier, with BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen among its clients. Dortec Industries makes door modules, locks and other components for Magna. The company has stated that the explosion is not expected to impact its customers.


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      Ivan Ivanovich Renko
      Speaking as a capital equipment supplier to the automotive industry, "arc flash" has a specific meaning-- and is of major concern in any equipment power cabinet. Most of the machines on a modern industrial assembly line are running on 440V three-phase power, and specific design constraints are used to eliminate the possibility of arc flash. Just speculating, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that a maintenance technician opened a panel that had insufficient arc flash protection, and he (or she) was probably the first one sent to hospital.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very intellectual explanation given by fire department: There were initial reports that there had been a small fire as a result of the explosion, but Central York Fire Services Deputy Fire Chief Paul Leslie said there was no evidence of flame. “It was technically an explosion but there was no fire,” he said. "He was unable to comment on Magna’s explanation of the specific cause of the explosion but said it had to do with “a high pressure thing released into a low pressure area.” He said that the fire services’ role in investigation was complete."
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      \"Explosion\" seems to be blowing things out of the proportion for an arc flash