MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - As emergency responders deal with the last effects of Wednesday night's barge explosion, local businesses are preparing to get back to normal.
Local ship building company Austal USA has a location directly across from where the barge initially exploded around 8:30 p.m.
Craig Perciavalle, president of Austal, said around 250 employees were evacuated by safety personnel.
"We had guards in the guard shack when the explosion happened and they took cover. We then evacuated as soon as we could. It was a pretty intense situation," said Perciavalle.
Officials said Austal buildings were hit by debris from the exploding barge, but no substantial damage was done. No damage was reported to Austal ships in the bay as well.
Operations at Austal's module manufacturing facility, which was closest to the explosion, had been suspended until Friday, April 26, 2013.
"The number one priority was the safety of everyone around. Once you have an event like that, it doesn't matter where you work, we just want to do what we can to help," Perciavalle said.
Perciavalle said they spent most of Thursday morning combing the area, making sure no fires were started from still burning debris blown off the barge.
He said there wasn't significant damage to the buildings or Austal ships in the bay.
Now, Perciavalle said what's important is the three critically injured, who are still fighting for their lives.
"In the industry business, we come together in times like this and we work together to help each other out. Our thoughts and prayers go towards those hurt. Hopefully they'll have a full recovery," said Perciavalle.
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