Westervelt Renewable Energy explosion under investigation

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — An investigation is underway after an explosion at a facility in West Alabama. One person is recovering after the blast.

A spokesperson says the explosion happened around 9 p.m. Sunday night at Westervelt Renewable Energy in Aliceville.

The facility makes wood pellets to reduce or replace coal at other plants. The explosion started in a piece of machinery used to treat exhaust air.

A heavy equipment operator was taken to Pickens County Medical Center in Carrollton, but is now back at home.

Production at the facility is stopped as the investigation continues.

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