Person burned at Craven County manufacturing facility

CRAVEN COUNTY - A person was burned at a manufacturing facility in Craven County Wednesday morning.

According to Stanley Kite, the director of Craven County Emergency Services, the person suffered a torch burn at Urethane Innovators, located at 403 Industrial Drive, off Highway 70 just west of New Bern.

The victim has second-degree burns, Kite said.

Tom Coulson, the general manager of the facility, explained what happened.

"We had an individual that actually used a torch over a drum and apparently, some vapors were inside that drum that ignited," Coulson said. "We don't know what those vapors are. They should not have been in there because it was a non-hazardous waste drum, so we are investigating, trying to find out exactly what was in it. But there was not a chemical spill or burn or whatever. It was just a flash burn."

The victim's identity has not been released.

No one else was injured, Kite said.

According to its website, Urethane Innovators specializes in cast urethane products-- including rollers, wheels, dunnage, bearings, belts, gears and custom prototyping.

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