News last update:6 Aug 2012

Fire causes grain bin explosion

Last Tuesday, a mechanical problem caused an explosion occurred at the ADM Growmark grain bin facility USA. Nobody was injured.

Fire-fighters were called to the facility at 10:07 a.m. Nobody was injured in an explosion that Assistant Newburgh Fire Chief Chad Bennett said was not as bad as it could have been.

Mechanical problem
Bennett said grain dust is very volatile and highly explosive.
He said fire-fighters believe a mechanical problem caused a conveyor belt to seize up, causing a small fire which in turn triggered an explosion of grain dust. The explosion may have snuffed out the fire, he said, but fire-fighters used a ladder truck to hose down the inside of the grain bin in case any hot spots remained.
Farm trucks waiting to drop off loads of grain were sitting along the road, he said.

One problem the fire-fighters encountered was the ladder on the Newburgh truck was only 75 feet tall and the grain bin is 110 feet high, Bennett said. Fire-fighters climbed to the top and used ropes to hoist the hose the rest of the way up.

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