One person was injured in an explosion at the Farmer’s Co-op of Hanska’s Burdick Elevator n New Ulm, MN last night. Emergency responders were called to the scene in the 200 block of North Water Street at around 6:30 p.m. The injured person was transported to an area hospital.
Investigators from the New Ulm Fire Department and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall’s Office are working to determine the cause of the blast.
Grain dust is highly combustible and can explode if it meets a source of ignition. Purdue University tracks annual grain explosions nationwide. In 2020, there were eight grain-dust explosions, according to a February report from Perdue. These explosions occurred at grain elevators, grain processors and mills.