Officials Launch Probe Of Rubbertown Blast

“It’s a little early to determine exactly where we will go with this investigation. In some cases we will do a full investigation. In other cases it might be a more truncated review, and we might issue a safety bulletin,” said U.S. Chemical Safety Board member Mark Griffon.

Rubbertown Explosion Update: Fire Still Burns

A small fire continues to burn at the chemical plant in the Rubbertown neighborhood more than two days after an explosion killed two workers. Louisville fire crews went inside Carbide Industries yesterday to assess whether chemicals are contained. A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is also investigating the accident.

Are Urban Industries Endangering Neighborhoods?

Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood is home to the largest carbide (a chemical compound) furnace in the world. Several miles east, the Butchertown neighborhood hosts one of the nation’s largest urban slaughterhouses. There were accidents at both of these facilities in the same week in late March, and the city is developing a new notification system for […]