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Grain Bin Collapses, Explodes at Indiana Farm

August 2, 2017

A grain bin collapsed and then exploded at an Indiana farm on Monday afternoon, resulting in significant damages to farm equipment.

Workers were unloading about 10,000 bushels of corn into a truck from a grain bin at the William M. White Farms near Switz City, IN when the structure collapsed, knocking down a power line that sparked grain dust and caused an explosion, according to a report by the Green County Daily World.

“When that explosion happened… we got a lot of extensive damage,” Steve White of William M. White Farms told the Daily World. “It sent a 180-foot wave that went up the pipes of the leg…all kinds of electrical damage. We’ve got a mess.”

White said in the newspaper that the cause of the incident is unknown, but a problem with the steel used in the five-year-old grain bin’s structure may have caused a problem that led to the collapse.

A video of the incident posted by White Farms Inc. owner Jacob White to Facebook quickly went viral. A second post by another employee, Jake White, thanked the public for their support but reminded viewers of the farm’s challenges ahead.

“Harvest is only 3 weeks away for us, and we’ve got alot [sic] of phone calls to make in the meantime. We appreciate all the support from around the world. Farming isn’t easy, but we will make it work,” Jake White’s Facebook post said.

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