Explosion rocks Ross Aluminum Castings


Large, pressurized air tank causes blast

A Sidney firefighter, right, and an employee emerge from Ross Aluminum Castings after a large explosion from inside the building shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.

A Sidney firefighter, right, and an employee emerge from Ross Aluminum Castings after a large explosion from inside the building shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.


Ross Aluminum Castings employees wait for directions across the street from Ross Aluminum Castings after a large explosion from inside the building shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.


Ross Aluminum Castings employees wait for directions across the street from the business after a large explosion from inside the building, which shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters have a group talk after coming out of Ross Aluminum Castings. The Sidney Fire Department responded after a large explosion from inside the building, which shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — An explosion at Ross Aluminum Castings caused several employees to be sent to Wilson Health Friday morning.

According to Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services, firefighters were dispatched to Ross Aluminum, 815 Oak Ave., on the report of an explosion in the factory with possible injuries at 10:11 a.m. Friday, May 29.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a large factory with a light smoke/haze showing, the press release said. An orderly evacuation was in progress.

Firefighters determined a large, pressurized air tank had exploded.

Several employees were injured as a result of the explosion. Two were transported to Wilson’s ER with non-life threatening injuries.

There was no fire from the explosion, but it caused structural damage to the building.

A “box alarm” was dispatched to recall all off-duty Sidney firefighters as well as Anna and Lockington fire departments, Anna EMS and Perry Port Salem Rescue Squad.

Vectren was called to the scene to secure the gas and DP&L to secure the power.

No injuries were reported by first responders working on the scene.

A Sidney firefighter, right, and an employee emerge from Ross Aluminum Castings after a large explosion from inside the building shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/05/web1_DSC_8578-1.jpgA Sidney firefighter, right, and an employee emerge from Ross Aluminum Castings after a large explosion from inside the building shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.

Ross Aluminum Castings employees wait for directions across the street from Ross Aluminum Castings after a large explosion from inside the building shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/05/web1_DSC_8665-1.jpgRoss Aluminum Castings employees wait for directions across the street from Ross Aluminum Castings after a large explosion from inside the building shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.

Ross Aluminum Castings employees wait for directions across the street from the business after a large explosion from inside the building, which shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/05/web1_DSC_8696-1.jpgRoss Aluminum Castings employees wait for directions across the street from the business after a large explosion from inside the building, which shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Sidney firefighters have a group talk after coming out of Ross Aluminum Castings. The Sidney Fire Department responded after a large explosion from inside the building, which shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2020/05/web1_SDN053020Explosion-1.jpgSidney firefighters have a group talk after coming out of Ross Aluminum Castings. The Sidney Fire Department responded after a large explosion from inside the building, which shook nearby houses on Friday, May 29. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
Large, pressurized air tank causes blast