REDDING: Small oxygen cylinder causes explosion, big headache, for transfer station

REDDING — The City of Redding is reminding its citizens about the dangers of pressurized oxygen cylinders as well as what is and is not allowed to be dropped off at their facilities after an oxygen cylinder caused an explosion that rocked the Abernathy Transfer Station earlier this week.

The incident happened Tuesday, June 19, at the City’s solid waste transfer station and household hazardous waste recycling facility, located at 2255 Abernathy Ln., in Redding.


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Although nobody was injured and the explosion did not cause any damage, the blast from the small, pressurized oxygen cylinder was enough to rattle the nerves of both citizens and employees who were in the area and inside the transfer station building when the blast occurred.

In a social media post about the explosion, City officials said the incident happened when a citizen brought a small oxygen cylinder to the location and it subsequently exploded inside the facility’s Transfer Bay.

“This occurred during business hours with both citizens and staff in the area, officials wrote in the release, explaining, “The explosion was significant enough to shake the building.”

“As a reminder, the Transfer Station does NOT accept pressurized cylinders,” wrote officials.


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For more information regarding what materials the Transfer Station accepts as well as their hours of operation and other rules and regulations, call City of Redding Solid Waste Utility at (530) 224-6209, or visit them online.


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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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