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US ethanol facility closed after explosion - two injured

22 June 2015

Two people were injured on June 21 after an explosion at the Poet Biorefining plant near Glenville, Minnesota. The facility was then closed for investigation into the incident, plant General Manager Steve McNinch said in a statement. There is no timeline yet for restarting the plant, which produces about 45 million gallons of ethanol annually.

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Two employees were transported by ambulance to hospital for burns and have since been released, according to Poet General Manager Steve McNinch. Two others who were on duty at the time were not injured.

A press release said the building sustained damage, though further details about what might have caused the explosion and what part of the building the explosion occurred at have not been released.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

Poet is one of the United States' biggest ethanol producers. The privately based, Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company has four plants in Minnesota alone.

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