Police have identified the woman killed in the Rockmart explosion Thursday morning as 56-year-old Elaine Davidson. According to the Polk County Coroner's office Davidson was the only person killed in what they called a boiler explosion at the Meggitt plant in Rockmart, Ga. Based on the evidence, she was inside a room where a pressurized boiler exploded.
Emergency personnel transported Davidson to a nearby hospital, however, she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Polk County Fire Chief Todd Queen said emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the Rockmart explosion at approximately 8:15 a.m. He described the explosion as a “steam-related” event that occurred in an “isolated part of the plant.”
A statement released by Meggitt spokesperson Fiona Greig said: “The incident involved a release of pressure from a 36-inch diameter autoclave (sterilization device) in a quality assurance laboratory. No other employee has sustained injury as a result of this incident. The area and the autoclave involved in the incident has been shut down and secured and Meggitt is now conducting a thorough investigation.”
Although OSHA was made aware of the Rockmart explosion, officials with Meggit Polymers and Composites plant are planning on conducting their own investigation in order to gain more details on the events that led up to the Rockmart explosion.