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Firm Says Blast at Grain Elevator was “Grain Dust Incident”

Ag Partners LLC said an explosion at its elevator in Royal, IA on Tuesday was a “grain dust incident."

The operator of an Iowa grain elevator that exploded Tuesday released a statement that dust played a role in the incident.

“Ag Partners experienced a grain dust incident at our Royal, IA location on Aug. 25, 2020 at approximately 3:30 pm. There were no injuries sustained,” the company said a release Wednesday. “Ag Partners is very appreciative of the first responders, firemen, sheriff department, and other agencies that helped extinguish the fire. We also want to thank the citizens of Royal for the support and understanding.”

Clay County Sheriff Chris Raveling told Storm Lake Radio that the blast shook windows and homes near the facility. No workers were present in the facility when the explosion happened.

News broadcaster KCAU said surveillance footage captured at the scene shows a fire ball erupting during the incident. The blast reportedly left a hole in a concrete silo at the site. The elevator was reportedly holding corn and soybeans when the blast happened.

The company said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

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