Employers Fined in Sylmar Alternative Energy Company Explosion

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health says citations were issued to Realm Catalyst, Rainbow of Hope Foundation and Strategic Sciences, Inc.

By Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, Feb 11, 2012  |  Updated 12:10 PM PDT
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Three Southern California employers have been cited more than $500,000 for a 2011 explosion at a Sylmar alternative-energy warehouse that severely injured two people, said Cal/OSHA in a statement on Friday.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health says citations were issued to Realm Catalyst, Rainbow of Hope Foundation and Strategic Sciences, Inc.

Gallery: LAFD Images From Sylmar

The regulator says 42-year-old Timothy Larson and 66-year-old William Stehl were preparing to demonstrate the use of an experimental fuel when a cylinder of the gas exploded because it was being handled in an unsafe work area.

Realm Catalyst faces $239,800 in penalties, Rainbow of Hope faces $329,625 and Strategic Sciences $61,465.

The citations were issued on Feb. 7. The employers have 15 days to file appeals.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported that the three interconnected companies were linked to a suspected New York con artist and a San Fernando Valley attorney.

Realm Catalyst was owned by lawyer Timothy A. Larson and father of Timothy B. Larson who lost an arm and a leg in the explosion.

One of the men injured in the blast, Tim Larson, is a relative of Tyson Larson, the green energy entrepreneur killed a similar June 2010 explosion at a plant in Simi Valley.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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