Volume 87 Issue 19 | pp. 25-27
Issue Date: May 11, 2009

Runaway Reactions

Bayer accident details reach public as safety board, Congress release preliminary investigation results
Department: Government & Policy

AT ABOUT 10:30 PM last Aug. 28, Sean Smoot was sitting in his living room with his wife and two sons. For 12 years, the Smoot family has lived in St. Albans, W.Va., across the Kanawha River from the Bayer CropScience plant and 10 miles west of Charleston.

"I heard a big explosion," Smoot tells C&EN. "It was so loud, it was scary. At first, I didn't know where it came from. Then . . .

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