Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Explosion or just noise? Union, Honeywell clash on danger of recent incident
Reporter - Julie Collins
Photojournalist - Jason Thomason

METROPOLIS, Ill. - Over the past few days, Local 6 has received several calls about a loud boom heard Sunday from the direction of the Honeywell plant in Metropolis, Illinois.

We wanted to bring you some answers about what caused that boom, so we did a little digging.
Here's what happened: Honeywell creates a compound called uranium hexafluoride. During that process, the hydrogen and fluorine separate. The fluorine stays in and the hydrogen is released.

If these two chemicals should ever recombine, a violent reaction occurs. In other words, an explosion.

To see the reaction to the incident from the union picketers and from a spokesperson for the plant, watch the video.