Dust Explosion at Baking Products Maker

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 04:12 PM gHale

Three people suffered injuries after an explosion and fire inside a building in Kansas City, KS, after an employee was mixing bulk baking products Friday.

The blast occurred around 1:30 a.m. at the Caravan Ingredients Factory, a plant that makes baking products.

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One person suffered third degree burns. A second victim ended up treated for smoke inhalation. The third person’s injuries were not immediately clear.

Firefighters said they think there was some sort of dust explosion, possibly caused by static electricity. Nineteen people were inside at the time.

“What we are looking at here is probably like a dust explosion that you would have inside a silo,” KCK Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Duke said. “Basically these baking products like flour and sodium carbonates have static electricity that must have caused the explosion that did set the equipment on fire initially.”

Hazmat crews ended up called to the scene because there are chemicals at the business.

Fire crews spent the morning working to contain any hazardous materials.

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