ALBANY, N.Y. – Two people were sent to the hospital Thursday night after a halon tank exploded on the State Office Campus.
911 dispatchers received a call for an explosion around 8 p.m. Thursday at Building 12 of the Harriman State Office Campus that houses the Department of Labor. Battalion Chief Mike Burns with the Albany Fire Department said he believes workers were loading a halon tank into the back of a truck when something went wrong.
“We’re still trying to sort out what exactly happened,” he said. “All we know is there was some type of accident in the area of the dock with a couple considerable injuries.”
Two men were injured during the explosion and taken to Albany Medical Center. One man received serious but non-life threatening injuries. The second received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Burns said halon is an outdated extinguishing agent that is used in computer rooms. He said the tank being moved was obsolete and had not been used in ten years.
Officials said there was no fire from the explosion, and it was a release of pressure from the tank.
Burns said the incident was unique because workers have been removing similar tanks without incident.
He said officials will conduct a lengthy investigation to figure out what exactly caused the explosion.