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Largest US sugar storage and distribution centre to open in December 13 December 2016

American Crystal Sugar Company is building a new $40 million storage and distribution facility 45 miles west of Chicago with a 26,000 square-foot bulk storage dome, a 17,000 square foot transfer facility and 5,500 feet of track space. The company says it will be the biggest plant of its type in the country and is scheduled to open by end-December....

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Indiana grain elevator dust explosion leaves two with critical injuries 28 September 2016

Mechanical failure was the cause of a grain dust explosion at the Tate & Lyle Elevator in Francesville, IN, on September 26 that left a truck driver and a firefighter with serious burn injuries, local news organisations reported. The failure of the downward leg of the north pit of the silo created a spark that triggered the dust explosion, a police spokesman said....

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Official blames fish dust for explosion at Alaska seafood plant 22 September 2016

According to Alaska Dispatch News, a seafood processing facility in Dutch Harbor was severely damaged by an explosion on 22 September which a public safety official said was likely caused by the ignition of fine fish-meal dust. There were employees inside the building at the time of the explosion, but no injuries were reported. ...

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HSE fines UK distillery after blaze that seriously injured worker 19 August 2016

A distillery in Oldbury has been fined after an employee was engulfed in flames in a fire that destroyed the warehouse and its contents. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how ethyl acetate, a highly flammable liquid, was being transferred from a bulk storage tank into an intermediate bulk container when an employee was engulfed in flames and sustained 20% burns to his head, neck and hands....

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Hazardous chemicals destroyed in controlled blast at former Bradford crisp factory 16 September 2015

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion after potentially hazardous jars of picric acid were discovered at the former Seabrook Crisps factory in Bradford. Royal Logistics Corps personnel were called to the  site in Allerton Road on September 15 after contractors demolishing the building found jars of the substance, which is used in the manufacture of explosives. ...

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Recovered footage shows extraordinary blaze caused by lightning strike at US whiskey distillery 07 September 2015

Severe storms blasted the countryside around Bardstown, KY, on August 4, 2003. There were multiple lightning strikes, and one bolt hit the warehouse of Bourbon distiller Jim Beam, causing rivers of whiskey to flow from the damaged building. A further lightning strike ignited the whiskey, with the resulting inferno engulfing the warehouse, adjacent woodland and a retention pond....

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Report into Kentucky whiskey distillery blast blames over-pressurisation of still 29 July 2015

The results of an official investigation by the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office into the cause of the Silver Trail Distillery explosion in late April have been released. The incident resulted in devastation to the Hardin, Marshall County, distillery and the death of one senior distiller, with another staff member seriously injured....

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US whiskey distillery blast injures two 27 April 2015

An explosion and fire at the Silver Trail Distillery in the town of Hardin, Kentucky, injured two workers on April 24, according to Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars. He said the distillery, which opened in 2011 and produces LBL Moonshine brand and other small batch whiskeys, was a total loss....

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Liberian Government says factory explosion caused by negligence 09 April 2015

After months of investigation, the government of Liberia has revealed that the explosion which led to the death of six and the injury of eleven employees of the Liberia Agriculture Company was due to the company’s negligence. Labour Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe said a fine of US$ 100,000 has been imposed on LAC....

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Explosion kills one at French dairy products manufacturer 25 March 2015

One person has been killed and three injured following the explosion of a machine at the Senagral dairy plant at Jouy in central France. "During routine preventive maintenance work on a packaging machine, an explosion occurred, seemingly of a disinfectant cylinder on the machine, which led to the death of a maintenance worker," the company said in a statement....

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