Two injured in Iowa grain elevator blast
18 March 2016
Two people were seriously injured in a northwest Iowa grain elevator explosion on March 17. The explosion occurred at the Central Valley Ag Cooperative in Hinton, and US Highway 75, a county road and a railroad line were closed in the town and homes nearby were evacuated for a short time to ensure there were no casualties.
A Plymouth County Sheriff’s department spokesperson said two people were taken to a Sioux City hospital in serious condition, and then airlifted to a specialist unit in Omaha. The cause of the explosion, thought to have been at the bottom of the elevator, has yet to be determined.
According to the local fire department, doors and windows were blown out by a large fireball which was most likely caused by the ignition of grain dust.
Officials are concerned about the safety and soundness of the structure of the grain storage silo, after noticing it had shifted while firefighters were on top of the structure. Fire officials are concerned the structure may collapse.