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Nebraska agricultural complex explosion kills one

21 March 2014

On March 20 an explosion at the Midwest Farmers Cooperative grain elevator complex in Tecumseh, Nebraska, killed one agricultural worker. The explosion happened in tanks holding anhydrous ammonia on the site, and a Tecumseh Fire and Rescue spokesperson said the fatality came from the victim breathing in too much ammonia.

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Two others, including a Johnson County Sheriff's deputy, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries not related to anhydrous ammonia exposure.

Anhydrous ammonia is a clear, colourless and odourless gas that farmers use as a fertiliser. It is explosive and corrodes tissue on contact.

Co-op managers declined to comment until an investigation is completed.

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