Grain Dust Explosion
Photos by Harlem-Roscoe Fire Photographer Sheryl Drost
July 28, 2008
Harlem-Roscoe Firefighters responded to a report of a grain dust explosion at a local grain facility on Prairie Hill Road. It seems a small grain dust explosion sent a fire ball at a worker in a underground room under the area where the trucks unload corn. They discovered the fire ball then traveled up one of the pipes, exiting at the top. The worker was not injured and got out of the confined space on his own. A small amount of smoke was all that was left when firefighters in full gear and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) entered the confined space to check for fire. They also used meters to check for various harmful gasses. A fan was used to clear the space of smoke. Two firefighters also climbed up to the top of the silos with a company worker to check to see the fire had traveled to any of the silos. The silos were fine and they did see where the fire ball had luckily exited the pipe.