MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, will be investigating the barge explosions. Local agencies are investigating, too.
WHO IS INVESTIGATING?
The images of fire shooting into the night sky will remain etched in the memories of everyone who saw the barge explosions.
Now comes time for the investigations.
Lt. Mike Clausen with the U.S. Coast Guard said, "The Coast Guard has lead investigation on the role of the barge explosion. What preliminary investigation is showing is that they (workers) were cleaning the barges, and during the cleaning of the barges, a spark was introduced into the barge, which created an explosion."
Steve Huffman with Mobile Fire/Rescue said, "Our investigators are doing an ongoing investigation. (They) probably won't have anything today, possibly tomorrow."
MORNING SAFETY CHECKS
At daybreak, Mobile's Fire Boat, the Phoenix, moved into position to examine the barges, and make sure the moorings were secure.
Huffman said, "Once they determined it was secure, then they used a heat gun, checking the temperature of the barge itself where the heat was, and it appeared the temperature was going down, which basically was telling us that there was no fire on the barges at that point."
Fire officials said hazardous material crews boarded the barges around mid-morning, and found them safe.
But, it was the fiery explosions that everyone will remember for a long time.
Some were called venting events, but Huffman said, "Others were truly explosions. Because, when I say explosions, I'm talking about metal flying in the air. We had one piece of medal at 2:00 this morning, that was about the size of our fire boat flying in the air. That was an explosion."
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