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2 dead, all others accounted for in Neb. explosion

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Updated: 1/20 4:34 pm

UPDATE- OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha officials say two people are dead and all other workers are accounted for in the animal feed plant that exploded.

The explosion Monday morning brought down part of the International Nutrition plant. Two people were killed and 10 others seriously hurt.

Omaha Police Lt. Darci Tierney said all of the other people who were working have been accounted for.

Authorities don't know what caused the blast.

Interim Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger noted that there were no hazardous chemicals at the plant.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will determine the cause.

The explosion knocked out the lights in the building and sent workers scrambling for safety.

Worker Jamar White said he heard a loud crack and looked up to see the back wall of the building collapsing. White said he then ran to safety.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha authorities confirm two people died and 10 others were seriously hurt in an explosion and partial building collapse at an animal feed processing plant Monday morning.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says he's been notified about two deaths in Monday's explosion.

It's unclear if the death toll will rise as crews sift through the rubble of the International Nutrition plant.

Interim Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger says the search is progressing slowly because the structure is unsafe.

Kanger said he doesn't believe anyone remaining inside is alive.

But officials haven't said how many people didn't make it out.

Thirty-eight people were working. Officials say two died, 10 were hospitalized and seven were hurt but refused treatment. They have not said how many of the 19 others escaped.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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