industrial accident, Bhopal India
Definition A technological accident involving an industrial site or production facility–e.g., factory, storage facility or point of distribution.
Types Chemical spill/leak, explosion, radiation leak, building collapse, gas leak, mass poisoning, industrial fire, etc.
Worst industrial accident…ever 1984, Bhopal, India; 40 tons of lethal methyl isocyanate gas spilled from Union Carbide’s pesticide factory, with 20,000 dying to date from exposure-related illnesses, cardiac and respiratory arrest; 120,000 remain chronically ill.
The Indian government maintains that there is no residual pollution or toxins at the site. Non-government reports say samples from around the factory site contain chlorinated benzene compounds and organochlorine pesticides 561 times the national standard
Worst US industrial accident 1947,
Texas City, TX, Monsato chemical plant, at least 581 dead; caused by an explosion of ammonium nitrate fertiliser en route to Europe. The explosion was apocalyptic (read the wiki to see how apocalyptic) and probably the largest accidental man-made explosion in history