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Explosion at ceramics business leaves man in critical condition

An industrial explosion at a ceramics supply business left one man in critical condition Saturday, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said.

The blast occurred shortly after 1 p.m. at Laguna Clay, located at 14400 Lomitas Ave. in the City of Industry, where a worker had been handling an unknown, non-hazardous chemical, said Lt. Kimberly Unland.

That chemical ignited another material that the employee was working with, she said.

The fire was extinguished immediately and the injured worker was transported to a nearby hospital, she said. The sheriff’s Arson/Explosives Detail was sent to the scene.

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-- David Zahniser

 
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