Food Processing Plant Explosion Injures Six

Natural gas boiler cited as cause for blast

Powder Bulk Solids Staff

February 23, 2022

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A boiler exploded at the Shearer's Foods plant in eastern Oregon, engulfing the building in flames and injuring at least six people Tuesday.

It was believed that a natural gas boiler caused the explosion at the plant, which is a major supplier of potato and corn chips.

Medical, fire, and law enforcement units responded. Nick Oatley, spokesperson for the fire district, reported the explosion and ensuing fire fully engulfed one building. Nearby homes and hotels were evacuated.

According to Hermiston City Manager Byron Smith, the plant employs about 400 people. 

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Established in 1983, Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) serves industries that process, handle, and package dry particulate matter, including the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical markets.

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