One person was injured in a Thursday night explosion in the Archer Daniels Midland corn processing plant.
The Clinton Fire Department was dispatched to the plant at 9:03 p.m. for an explosion with unknown fire and injuries in the new feed house. The department responded with one command vehicle, two engine companies, one ladder truck, one paramedic ambulance and eight personnel. The first company on scene investigated the area and reported there was no fire.
According to a statement from the fire department, welders were working on the duct work that was the exhaust piping to the dryers earlier in the day.
The welders left at 8:30 p.m. At approximately 9 p.m., the explosion occurred and there was heavy damage to the cyclone dryer and debris around the area.
A worker was in the area at the time of the explosion and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center North for treatment.
ADM Media Relations Manager Roman Blahoski said in a press release that he does not have details about this man’s condition but the thoughts of everyone from ADM are with this injured colleague and his family.
The fire department remained at the scene for one hour. The cause of this incident is being investigated by ADM.