- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal safety regulators are investigating an explosion that killed a worker at a chemical company in Sparks.

Sparks police say a tank containing compressed air exploded shortly after 8 a.m. Friday at the Sierra Chemical Co.

The department says the blast didn’t involve chemicals or fire and no one else was hurt.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

The Reno Gazette-Journal (https://on.rgj.com/1k3DYVk) reports Sierra Chemical says the canister burst as the worker did a test.

The company says it is “deeply saddened” and suspended operations.

The newspaper reports that OSHA records show Sierra Chemical was cited for three serious safety violations in December, including at least one case of mishandling hazardous materials.

In 1998, an explosion at a Sierra Chemical facility in Lockwood killed four workers and injured six others.

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