Xytex, which provides storage of sperm, as well as preservation of tissue and umbilical cord blood, released a statement on Monday in which the company described the accident as a liquid nitrogen pressure surge, WRDW in Augusta reported.
"We would like to thank the first responders for their prompt response and assistance at our facility," the company said in the statement obtained by the news station. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Sgt. Greg Meagher, his fellow deputies and our injured employee. We continue to cooperate with the authorities in the ongoing investigation of what occurred.
The company’s storage tanks remained operational throughout the emergency and there was no damage to any of the tissue stored at the facility, the statement said.
Meagher was a 33-year veteran of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. A former drug investigator, he was shot in the face in 2001 while assisting federal agents in a Burke County drug sting.
According to the Chronicle, Meagher had several commendations, including one for assisting the Department of Justice in 1996 during an undercover investigation of a deputy U.S. marshal.