Explosion in Pittsford


For Immediate Release: Oct. 25, 2012
Media Contact: Communications Office
Vermont Department of Health

WATERBURY – State officials have confirmed an explosion has occurred at 672 Academy Boulevard in Pittsford, Vermont at about 10 a.m. One person was found dead at the scene, and another was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Local fire, rescue and police are on the scene. The exact cause and impact of the explosion are not yet known. However, the person who was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center was contaminated with radiation. As of this time, officials cannot report the type or source of radiation, and there is no information about the radiation levels.

Governor Peter Shumlin has been in contact with the local officials, who report that firefighters are on the scene. “I know that this is frightening news for all of us, but I can assure you that our state and local emergency responders have developed a health and safety plan to respond to such an event,” Gov. Shumlin said.

The Emergency Alert System will broadcast important safety messages over cell phones, radio, television and the Internet. Instructions from the State Emergency Operations Center will be updated as more information is available.

For more information please visit healthvermont.gov, or call the Vermont Public Information line by dialing 2-1-1.

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