UPDATE: Explosion Near Edgar Leaves Farmers Without a Grain Dropoff

By: Megan Johnson & Eamon O'Meara Email
By: Megan Johnson & Eamon O'Meara Email
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Edgar, NE Two people were injured after a grain bin explosion just east of Edgar.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department says it happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Aurora Cooperative Sedan Terminal.

Authorities said a farmer was unloading grain in an elevator and a terminal employee was with the truck in the driveway when there was an explosion.

Both were burned and taken to a local hospital before being transferred to St. Elizabeth in Lincoln. Both are listed in critical condition. Officials say their burns are severe.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has concluded its investigation, but the cause of the explosion is yet to be determined. The Marshall currently has several probabilities.

The fire destroyed the semi and trailer in the terminal, and blew part of the top of a grain bin off.

The communication manager for Aurora Cooperative says their employee was wearing the proper safety gear, and says it's been years since the company had an incident like this one.

The Edgar Fire and Rescue chief says they were assisted by firefighters from six other volunteer departments.

Caldwell says it's unknown when that elevator will be back up, but the terminal should be operating by this fall.

That's the hope of local farmers who said this fire is going to hurt them for awhile as they travel farther to deliver their grain.

Caldwell says they're looking for other Aurora Co-op terminals to take that extra grain until the Sedan location is back open.


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