MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Two of the men injured in the Omega Protein explosion on Monday are speaking out about the deadly blast. In an exclusive interview with WLOX News, the men describe what happened that day, and how they survived.
Clay Davis is now on crutches and Lloyd McGill said he is also in pain following the explosion at the Omega Protein plant.
"I heard a noise that something was rumbling," McGill said.
Both men were subcontractors at the plant and were repairing a tank.
"We was a foot away from it, and the tank came off the ground about 12 inches and then, swoosh," Davis said.
"It was just black smoke, and it just said boom. The next thing I know, we were flying," McGill said.
The explosion was so powerful, Davis and McGill thought at one point they were dead.
"The only thing I thought about was this morning on my way to work was the last time seeing my child," McGill said.
The men are just happy to be alive, but admit physical and mental pain from this blast haunts them day and night.
"I feel depressed. I have flashbacks of the tank exploding," McGill said.
"It was a lot of fear at first, a lot of confusion and now it has turned into anger, because I know that if certain things would have been handled differently, we wouldn't be sitting here right now," said Davis
Federal authorities are investigating the incident. Meanwhile, these injured workers have hired attorney Jesse Mitchell.
"They want to make sure this doesn't happen to anybody else, and yes, a lawsuit is one of the ways to make that happen," said Mitchell.
Mitchell said he has his own team of investigators looking at what happened and who is responsible. These victims said they are now focusing on healing.
We reached out to Omega Protein to ask about the lawsuit Davis and McGill are planning to file. So far, the company has not returned our call.