Crews contain plant fire in Shakopee 26 Apr 13

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) – Officials say no one was hurt in an explosion at a biomass plant that rocked the Minnesota city of Shakopee 

The explosion happened around 12:40 p.m. Thursday in two silos at Koda Energy, which shares a complex with Rahr Malting Co.

Seven Koda workers were safely evacuated. Firefighters and emergency crews from multiple agencies responded, but none was hurt

The city advised people living within a mile of the complex to stay in their homes, but the all-clear was sounded by mid-afternoon. No hazardous materials were released.

Crews had the three-alarm fire contained by 3 p.m. but are still on the scene.

 

Koda produces energy using byproducts of the malting process, oat

hulls and wood chips.

 

The cause of the blast is under investigation. No damage estimates are

available.