1 dead, 2 injured at Pascagoula plant

By NEMS Daily Journal

PASCAGOULA – A worker at the Mississippi Phosphates fertilizer facility in Pascagoula was killed Friday in an explosion that left two other workers injured.
Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified the victim as Jeremy Moore, 20, of Moss Point. The two injured workers were taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, but authorities say one patient will be transferred to the University of South Alabama Medical Center’s burn unit in Mobile.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said there was some sort of steam explosion at the plant. Authorities are trying to determine the exact cause.
Friday’s blast is the second deadly explosion at the plant in the past two weeks and in the same area, Byrd said.
On May 21, board operator Jeffrey Simpson, 39, was killed. Company officials said a piece of equipment exploded and struck Simpson in the head during a maintenance procedure in a portion of the plant that was not operational at the time.