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Three injured in explosion at 3M plant in Minnesota

13 April 2018

Three people were injured on April 13 as a result of an explosion at 3M’s Hutchinson manufacturing site in southern Minnesota. Local media said one of those affected had serious injuries and the other two minor injuries. There was no fire, and no release of hazardous materials.

3M's Hutchinson plant - Image: 3M
3M's Hutchinson plant - Image: 3M

According to a 3M spokesperson, the equipment experienced a "process upset" during a cooling operation, causing heavy smoke and heat.

A small area of the plant has been shut down for an internal investigation after the incident.

Hutchinson Police Chief Dan Hatten said he was not aware of any structural damage at the 3M facility. He said it was too early to determine the cause of the incident.


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