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Hot lotion explodes at Melbourne business, injuring two employees

Man, woman suffer burns

Officials said a tank of hot lotion exploded at Absolutely Natural, injuring two workers. Images courtesy of Melbourne Fire Department.

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Two workers suffered burns after a large pressurized tank of hot lotion exploded at a Melbourne business, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

The lotion, which was heated to 170 degrees for processing, sprayed onto the pair, fire officials reported. One of the workers, a 64-year-old man, suffered second-degree burns to 60 percent of his body, officials reported.  

The workplace incident was reported at 10:40 a.m. Monday at Absolutely Natural, 640 Atlantis Road, Melbourne police reported. Melbourne Fire Department crews responded within minutes to treat the workers.

"It's a natural lotion company. One of the processing tanks had an explosion," said Cheryl Mall, spokeswoman for the Melbourne Fire Department.

The man with the serious burns from the hot lotion was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando for treatment.

The second worker suffered minor injuries and also was transported to Orlando.

A building inspector was called to the site to look over the damaged tank and the area where it exploded, Mall said.

Federal authorities with The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also were contacted.