Intel's Arizona chip fab blows up

An Intel chip fabrication plant in Arizona was yesterday the scene of an explosion which injured seven people.

Fire crews were called to the fab and the building evacuated as a blast at the Pentium-making plant outside Phoenix shook to its foundations at around 2pm local time.

Seven workers were injured in the blast, the cause of which is being investigated.

Intel spokesman Bill Calder said the facility kept working while the evacuation was on-going.

"There was no material impact," Calder told the Wall Street Journal, unless you count those blown up, of course.

Chandler Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Miller told Reuters that four workers were taken to hospital with shrapnel wounds and concussion. One was reported to be in a serious condition.

They'll all no doubt be pleased to learn that production at the plant was unaffected.