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One person killed, two injured after guacamole machine explodes in US

06 August 2020

A man was killed and two others injured on August 5 after a food processing machine exploded in Schenectady, New York. The machine was being tested for the manufacturing of guacamole when the blast occurred.

Representative image: Wikimedia
Representative image: Wikimedia

The explosion happened at around 07:00 local time at Innovative Test Solutions, a full-service mechanical engineering and testing laboratory. The man who died was identified as Joseph Kapp, a well-known local businessman and former Mayor for a local county, local newspaper Times Union reports.

A police official told the Times Union that the machine in question was a high-pressure vessel and that Kapp was a client of Innovative Test Solutions.

The two men injured in the incident were transported to hospital with minor injuries. The Schenectady codes department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were notified immediately about the accident. 

Police remained at the scene for several hours as an investigation was opened into the blast.


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