Explosion Damages Grain Elevator in Iowa

Officials said a grain elevator operated by Ag Partners was damaged in a blast Tuesday.

John S. Forrester, former Managing Editor

August 26, 2020

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Firefighters from several departments were called to the Ag Partners grain elevator in Royal, IA on Tuesday after an explosion was reported at the facility, local news organizations reported this week.

The blast occurred at about 3:15 pm, shaking windows and homes near the facility, Clay County Sheriff Chris Raveling told Storm Lake Radio. No workers were present in the facility when the explosion happened.

Surveillance footage examined by television news station KCAU captured a fire ball erupting during the incident. The blast reportedly left a hole in a concrete silo at the site.

Ag Partners’ elevator was holding corn and soybeans during the explosion, Sheriff Raveling said in an account by NBC News affiliate KTIV.

It is unclear if dust played a role in the explosion.

Last week crews responded to the Summitville Feed and Grain elevator in Manchester, TN after a blaze ignited in a conveying system at the facility

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John S. Forrester

former Managing Editor, Powder & Bulk Solids

John S. Forrester is the former managing editor of Powder & Bulk Solids.

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