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Dust explosion causes fire at NZ wood pellet plant

06 September 2013

Two sawdust hoppers caught fire after a dust explosion at the Nature's Flame wood pellet plant in Taupo, New Zealand, on September 2. The plant is owned by the Solid Energy group. The plant's fire suppression and safety systems worked as they should and as a result the fire was contained into a small area, Solid Energy spokeswoman Vicki Blyth.

Two operators were at the plant at the time of the fire, but no one was hurt.

Solid Energy has begun an investigation into the cause of the incident.

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