Paramus, NJ | MRI Explosion Causes Evacuation

A sudden explosion rocked an animal hospital in New Jersey on Friday, March 6, 2015.

An MRI machine exploded inside the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, prompting the evacuation of 60 animals and over 100 employees.

Three subcontractors were making repairs on the MRI machine at the time. The explosion caused a ceiling in a small room to collapse but none of the animals were hurt because they were in a different part of the building. Three outside contractors repairing the machine were hurt. One man is in critical condition.

As the incident unfolded, hospital administrators utilized Share911’s lateral communication system to keep employees informed of what was happening and what to expect.

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“Most businesses and schools don’t think about how they will communicate during and after an emergency” says Erik Endress, CEO of OnScene Technologies. “In this case, they lost all of their other systems and Share911 was all they had, so we are glad we could help them.”