Newark, NJ Chemical Plant Explosion, Feb 1971


Newark, N.J. (AP) -- An explosion leveled two adjoining chemical plants and killed at least two persons Wednesday. Two others were missing.
Police said the body of WIODEK GINILEWICZ, 47, of Riverdale, N.Y., president of Radiom Chemical Co., was recovered. A woman's body also was recovered, but police said she was not immediately identified.
The blast hit the Radiom company and its adjoining subsidiary, the Norrett Chemical Co. A company spokesman said the plants manufactured
"specialty chemicals."
Several nearby homes were damaged by the explosion in the Ironbound section of the city. Five residents of the homes were treated at hospitals for cuts, bruises and shock.
At least 23 families were evacuated by police because of damage to their homes.
Windows in stores, homes and a nearby school, unoccupied at the time, were shattered.
Fire Director John P. Caufield said an investigation had begun to determine "why a firm using such chemicals is located right next to a school and adjoining to a residential area."

The Post Standard Syracuse New York 1971-02-11



Newark, N.J. (AP) -- A fourth body was recovered here Thursday from the rubble of two chemical plants that were reduced to ruins by an early morning explosion Wednesday.
Police said EUGENE SOWUL, 49, of Jersey City was the last victim of the blast they had located. SOWUL'S body was found in the basement of the plant. He had been an employe of the chemical firm.
The other dead were WIODEK GINILEWICZ, 47, of Riverdale, N.Y., president of the Radorn company;
MISS ALICE ZWARTINSKI, 27, of Newark, employed by the firm as a chemist, and another employe identified as MARK MARCINIAK, 27, of Jersey City.

The Post Standard Syracuse New York 1971-02-12

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