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  • Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills French lifestyle blogger

    22 June 2017

    A prominent lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser. Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a domestic accident. French media reported she had died of cardiac arrest after the device exploded and struck her chest, despite receiving prompt medical attention....

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  • Ghana fish cannery blast kills two

    13 June 2017

    An explosion at a fuel pump at the Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC), a tuna canning company, killed two persons and left five others with burn injuries on May 11, according to local sources. A fuel pump that connects the steam boiler facility at the company’s production plant developed a fault and was being replaced when sparks from welding work ignited fuel leaking from the pump. ...

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  • Wisconsin corn milling plant explosion kills three

    05 June 2017

    An explosion and fire on May 31 at the Didion Milling corn mill and ethanol plant in Cambria, Wisconsin, killed three workers and injured 13. Local authorities said that 16 staff had been in the plant at the time of the explosion, and that some of the injured had serious burn injuries. ...

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  • August gas plant explosion causes Christmas shortage of whipped cream across USA

    21 December 2016

    An explosion that killed one worker at the Airgas plant near Pensacola, Florida, on August 28, has resulted in a country-wide shorted of canned whipped cream and other popular toppings over the Christmas break, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The explosion destroyed two tankers and a large tank containing nitrous oxide, which is used as a preservative and a propellant in canned whipped products....

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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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