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Texas distillery explosion sends three to hospital

07 November 2017

An employee was taken to hospital by helicopter with severe burns on November 6 after an explosion at B.J. Hooker's, a spirits distillery in the northern suburbs of Houston, Texas. Two more workers were taken to area hospitals with less serious injuries.

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office said an employee was using an immersion blender to mix Michael Berry Moonshine brand vodka at the distillery when fumes ignited, causing the explosion and starting a fire.

The explosion was confined to a single metal warehouse on the distillery's premises, according to a spokeswoman from the Fire Marshal's Office. The property was not evacuated.

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