Company faces serious violations, fines after deadly Brent plant explosion

Company faces serious violations, fines after deadly Brent plant explosion

BRENT, AL (WBRC) - More than a year after a deadly explosion in Brent in Bibb County, Brent Industries is facing numerous serious violations and fines.

The company faces at least seven serious violations and over $30,000 in fines. The U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the plant violated rules involving hazardous waste operations and emergency response, flammable and combustible liquids, hand protection among other violations.

What's left of the Brent Industries plant that exploded still remains in the middle of a small Bibb County neighborhood. The plant that primarily manufactured work gloves has been closed since the deadly March 11, 2015 blast that killed Keith Leverette and injured several others.

Eli Crayton still vividly remembers hearing numerous explosions a couple of streets over from his home and seeing people on fire.

"I saw a guy come running out and he ran about half way down the building and he just fell out I guess," Crayton said.

Longtime resident Bill Holyfield says on occasion he can smell fumes coming from explosion site.

"It don't be all the time. But sometimes you can smell something coming from there," Holyfield said.

A lot of neighbors want the company to remove the ruble. They are tired of seeing it.

"It would be nice to see them come and clean up their eye sore and then bring some more business back to the neighborhood that's safe for the neighborhood," Crayton added.

WBRC's attempts to reached Brent Industries to see if they plan on contesting the violations have been unsuccessful.

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