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Two Workers Injured at Mosaic Plant Explosion

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Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

Two workers were injured this afternoon after an explosion was reported on the Mosaic processing plant on U.S. 41 near Riverview. Hillsborough County fire officials report a hundred-foot cloud rocked the plant.

Workers were doing routine maintenance of an empty acid tank which  ruptured, causing the top to fly about 100 feet and crash down on the ground.  Two Mosaic employees sustained injuries that were non-life threatening and were transported to an area hospital. 

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's  Hazardous Incident team (HIT 9), was on scene with multiple other units, and metered the air for safety. According to The Associated Press, one worker who had been standing on the structure was struck in the chest by shrapnel. The other injured worker was on the ground.