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Thursday marks 5 years since refinery explosion

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PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) -

Thursday marks the five year anniversary of the Imperial Sugar refinery explosion in Port Wentworth. 

The explosion at Imperial Sugar on February 7, 2008, devastated this community and brought people closer to together. It claimed 14 lives and injured another 38, forever changing many of the emergency responders who were first on the scene.  

Memories are still fresh from that tragic night. It's been a long 5 years for families and friends of those victims. 

A memorial has been dedicated to the victims and their families. Legacy Park is right in the front of the plant and the central focus of the park is to remember the victims. Fourteen black granite stones with the name of each victim in gold lettering and eight benches signifying those who were killed sit in the park.

Officials later released that dust particles from the sugar caused the explosion.

After the blast, a safety board recommended five safety changes at the plant and they say the company has made most of those changes, including ongoing training for risk engineers in the hazards of combustible dusts. 

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