Powder & Bulk Solids is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Official Says Combustible Dust Involved in Ethanol Plant Explosion

Image courtesy of Pixabay alarm-3410065_1920.jpg
Representative image
Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham told local media that dust exploded in an elevator shaft at the Green Plains plant in Mt. Vernon, IN.

Officials have confirmed that combustible dust was involved in an explosion at the Green Plains ethanol plant near Mt. Vernon, IN Thursday morning, according to several local news organizations.

Crews were called to the West Franklin Road facility at about 8:30 a.m., said television news station WEVV. The explosion reportedly happened in a grain bin at the site, according to broadcaster WFIE. An account by TriStateHomepage.com noted that no injuries were logged during the response.

Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham told TriStateHomepage.com that dust combusted in an elevator shaft at the site. Although some initial reports said a fire also broke out, the sheriff said no flames ignited during the incident.

“The process safety devices kept the employees and facilities from any significant harm or damage,” Green Plains said in a statement to the news website.

An investigation into the explosion is ongoing.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.