Monday, January 20, at 4:16 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Dassel Fire Department, Dassel Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to Spectralytics at 145 3rd Street South in Dassel, responding to the report of an explosion in the chemical department. There were no reported injuries, however Gold Cross Ambulance was paged and the employees were evacuated as a safety precaution.
A chemical engineer at Spectralytics was pouring used acids into a 55-gallon waste container when a reaction occurred causing the sealed container to rupture. Spectralytics arranged for a private hazardous material company to remove the chemicals. There was no damage to the Spectralytics building or equipment. Spectralytics did suspend shifts until the cleanup is completed.
The Minnesota Duty Officer was contacted and advised of the situation.