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Micron Technology was founded in October 1978 in Boise, Idaho.Micron is one of Idaho’s largest employers with more than 5,000 employees. The company went through a series of layoffs since 2005, when it had nearly 10,000 employees in Idaho.According to the company’s website, Micron has about 20,000 employees worldwide including locations in; California, Virginia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Italy, Scotland, Israel, Paris, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, China, India and Malaysia.Micron manufactures and markets DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash memory products, computer chips, which are used in everything from computing, networking, and server applications, to mobile, embedded, consumer, automotive, and industrial designs.According to its website, Micron Micron Technology, Inc., became a publicly held company in June 1984. In November 1990, Micron was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), where it began trading under the “MU” symbol. Effective December 30, 2009 Micron voluntarily transferred its stock exchange listing from The New York Stock Exchange to the NASDAQ Global Select Market, a market of The NASDAQ OMX Group, (NASDAQ: NDAQ) and continues to trade under the ticker symbol MU.

Explosion At Micron’s Boise Campus Injures 7

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Scott Ki
Boise State Public Radio
Micron's Boise Campus

An explosion at Micron Technology in Boise injured seven people Tuesday.  The injuries were minor and damage is limited to a utility room. 

The call for emergency crews came in at about ten Tuesday morning.  A piece of equipment at Micron’s campus exploded.  Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan says the accident happened in a utility room underground, below where semiconductors are fabricated. "It did move a concrete wall.  It was a fairly significant explosion down in that room."

Doan says a second, smaller explosion happened a short time later likely caused by electrical equipment.  Chemicals are used in the making of semiconductors, but Doan says workers were not exposed to anything dangerous.   "We know that the hazardous material teams have monitored and there’s no chemicals right now and no exposure."

The accident injured seven people. One person suffered a minor cut to the arm. The rest had ringing in the ears or inhaled dust.  A team from Micron is investigating the cause of the accident. 

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