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911 calls from Eufaula explosion released


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Updated: 5/10/2013 1:53 am Published: 5/09/2013 5:28 pm


Phone calls made to 911 are creating a clearer picture of what happened in the moments after an explosion at a Eufaula sandblasting plant on Monday.

The flash fire destroyed the warehouse at Ford sandblasting and burned two workers. Don Hamilton and Michael Cox are still in critical condition at a Tulsa hospital.

FOX23's Abbie Alford obtained the 911 call recordings on Thursday.

Operator: 911 what's your emergency?

Caller: Yes, there has been an explosion on H & H tools and treasures on highway 9.

That call was only the beginning.

Operator: Wait, hold on just a moment, Eufaula police. Can you hold?"

The two dispatchers on duty, in this typically quiet town, tell fox23 it was intense.

Operator: 911, what's your emergency?

Caller: I'm out here at the elementary school, the middle school and we're outside for recess and there was some sort of explosion about a mile and half west of the school."

Some of the kids were outside as the flash fire sent thick black smoke above Ford sandblasting.

Caller: It's within enough proximity to the school that we would like to be notified if you don't mind. We need to do something with the children, like if this is something toxic.

Operator: OK, ma'am we are sending people out that way.

Caller: OK. Thank you.

Students took part in an emergency drill less than a week before this incident and were evacuated quickly and safely.


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