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Explosion rocks western Missouri grain processing plant

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Joseph, Mo. – There was an explosion at a grain processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri north of Kansas City early Friday, but initial reports were that everyone at the plant escaped injury.

The explosion at the AG Processing Inc. plant occurred around 3:20 a.m. and was felt by residents miles away.

First responders say about 25 to 30 employees were working during the explosion, but the blast occurred outside the plant. Emergency crews evacuated nearby businesses.

Firefighters contained a small fire to the hydrogen portion of the plant and the fire appeared to be under control by 6 a.m.

AG Processing is a farmer-owned cooperative that processes grain into several products from food to renewable fuels.