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Local reaction to fatal explosion, new details from authorities

TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — One local woman was right down the street from the Speedway gas station when Friday’s fatal explosion took the town of Dickinson by storm.

Tammy Moore both lives and works at the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites. Making her way to the lobby on Friday afternoon, she was suddenly immersed in chaos.

“I heard all the sirens and all of a sudden they stopped and it caught by attention so I came outside,” said Moore.

Getting a closer look, “we saw that they were running to somebody into the ground and we figured that somebody was maybe trapped inside a hole or something or a tank.”

While she didn’t hear or feel anything from the explosion, she says across the river in the Port Dickinson area, people’s houses shook.

Hearing the news a worker died, she called it horrific.

As far as the latest information on the tragic explosion, 12 News reached out to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA.

A spokesperson said in part:

“…OSHA’s Syracuse office opened an inspection of Environmental Products and Services of Vermont (EPS) on Friday in connection with the fatality in Binghamton. The inspection is ongoing. Its purpose is to determine whether or not there were any violations of workplace safety or health standards in connection with this incident. OSHA does not discuss the specifics of ongoing inspections but can inform you of its outcome. It’s too early to estimate a completion date for this inspection. OSHA has up to six months to complete an inspection…”

Julia Gorman

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