Many Injured in Explosion at Food Processing Plant

A second fire occurred at a candy factory.

Powder Bulk Solids Staff

September 11, 2023

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Fires broke out on Sunday at two processing plants. One at the ADM plant in Decatur, IL and one at the Reese candy factory in Hershey, PA.Image courtesy of Glenn_Hewitt / iStock / Getty Images Plus

At least eight people were injured at an explosion and fire in central Illinois Sunday at the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) processing plant.

It happened at the East Plant of the ADM processing complex in Decatur around 7:11 p.m. and caused significant damage.

A company spokesperson told CNN that at least eight people were injured. Details on the conditions of the injured people were not immediately available.

Reports of heavy smoke were made, and the Decatur Fire Department was on scene.

Several workers were sent to the hospital with injuries.

"Our thoughts are with our colleagues," ADM said in a statement.

On Sunday night, ADM said they don't have a confirmed cause of the explosion.

A second fire occurred earlier Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

The electrical fire broke out at the H.B. Reese Candy Factory in Hershey, PA. The sprinkler system was activated and local fire department was on scene.

Dispatchers say that the fire was put under control.

There were no reported injuries and everyone was evacuated safely.

Normal business operations will resume this week.

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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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