One killed, five injured in US feed mill explosion
08 February 2016
On February 7 an explosion at JCG Farms feed plant at Rockmart in Georgia left one man dead and five others injured. Rockmart Fire Chief Todd Queen told reporters one of the five injured men was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in a critical condition.
Engineers were called in to determine the structural integrity of the plant after the explosion caused a partial collapse of a two-story building on site and did significant damage inside the feed mill itself. Police closed Georgia Highway 101 until engineers gave the all-clear because of the danger of the building collapsing onto the roadway.
Eight people were working at the chicken feed plant at the time of the explosion. Some sources speculated that the blast was caused by an accumulation of grain dust igniting, while others said a gas leak could have been responsible.
11Alive News said there had been a small dust-related explosion at the plant within the last five years, but fire officials had been satisfied with measures to clean up the plant.
The Georgia Fire Marshal’s Office is working with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to uncover the cause of the blast.