Explosion at Maxam Initiating Systems Being Investigated In Sterling

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Sterling, CT.(June 4, 2016): Detectives from the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU), the Sterling Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigate Sterling manufacturing company explosion. On June 4, 2016 at approximately 10:30 a.m., troopers from Troop D-Danielson, the Sterling Fire Department, and the Sterling Fire Marshal responded to Maxam Initiating Systems, 74 Dixon Road Sterling CT, for the report of several explosions that occurred within the manufacturing line. Maxam Initiating Systems is a company that manufactures initiating systems for blasting operations. Upon arrival troopers and firefighters initiated an investigation. Personnel on scene requested detectives from the Connecticut State Police FEIU and the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad to assist with the investigation. Maxam Initiating Systems was evacuated and one minor injury was reported to an employee who was transported to Day Kimball Hospital for evaluation. The building and manufacturing line were rendered safe by State Police bomb technicians without further incident. Through the course of the investigation detectives found that a minor malfunction occurred within the automated manufacturing line.  This incident does not appear to be criminal in nature. This incident continues to be investigated by the Sterling Fire Marshal and FEIU Detectives with the assistance of the ATF.

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