1 dead, 1 injured in 'flash explosion' at Lubbock X-FAB facility

One person is dead and another is injured after an apparent explosion Friday morning in north Lubbock's X-FAB Texas facility, the company confirmed in a statement.

At approximately 9 a.m. Friday, there was a "flash explosion" during maintenance on the deionized water system which did not result in a fire onsite, according to a statement from X-FAB. However, one person was killed and one employee was taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lubbock police and Lubbock Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene.

Spokespersons for LPD and LFR were not immediately available to provide additional details about the accident.

"The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but there is no reason to suspect any additional risk to employees or the site," reads the statement from X-FAB.

Manufacturing operations have ceased until the investigation and repairs are completed, according to X-FAB, which stated additional information will be provided when available.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, according to a Dallas-based spokesman for the Department of Labor.

X-FAB is the leading analog/mixed-signal and MEMS foundry group manufacturing silicon wafers for automotive, industrial, consumer, medical and other applications, according to its website.

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