The Sunset Library begins to reopen after the destruction of a Chandler print shop in August 2021

It has been about five months since the large explosion at a Chandler printing plant which seriously injured several people and forced nearby businesses to close due to the damage.

Now one of those damaged buildings has an exciting update.

Platinum Printing was decimated by the August 26, 2021 explosion caused by a natural gas leak. Right next to it was Sunset Library, a public library. The massive explosion sent parts of the printing press flying through the air, causing extensive damage to the library.

After the explosion caused a water main to burst, their lights were damaged, along with many books. Fortunately, no one in the library was hurt. However, for the past five months the library has been closed while repairs are being made.

“It was quite alarming. The explosion next to it really made the building look like it had been lifted and slammed. There was definitely panic about what had happened and once we realized that the store next door had exploded, we were worried about them,” Sue Van said. Horne, librarian at Sunset Library. “Lighting was falling from the ceiling, stuff was coming out of the ceiling in the back.”

The library is now partially open for book pickups only, and plans to fully open in mid-February.

The blast sparked a huge response, with around 50 emergency vehicles and more than 100 staff from seven different agencies.

“Findings from the ATF National Response Team and investigative partners determined that the explosion was caused by an unintentional natural gas leak ignited by an independent ignition source,” said one. ATF spokesperson.

The aftermath of an explosion in Chandler.

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