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Explosion at Bradford County plant

Five were hurt in the blast at the Global Tungsten & Powders facility near Towanda Thursday morning.

BRADFORD COUNTY, Pa. — Five people were hurt in an explosion at a plant in Bradford County.

It happened around 9 a.m. Thursday inside the Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP) in North Towanda Township.

According to Bradford County EMA officials, a hydrogen tank exploded inside the plant.

A spokesperson for the company said five people were hurt and taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

"The specific cause of the incident is under investigation. The area has been secured and there are no additional risks of explosion or similar concerns."

The facility makes metal powders. According to Francis Kohler, who lives near the plant, it's always loud, so he did not hear the explosion.

"The average noise that I hear and a tiny bit of vibration, I don't pay much attention to it," Kohler said.

Kohler frequently sees people coming and going from the plant and was concerned by the explosion.

"I just hope that the people over there didn't get injured too badly, and they are able to mend and get back to work."

The plant remains open. OSHA and company officials are investigating the incident.

GTP develops, manufactures, and markets metal powders such as tungsten, tungsten carbide, molybdenum, and cobalt, according to the company website.

Officials are investigating an explosion this morning at Global Tungsten & Powders in Towanda. According to the company...

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