Three Injured in Riceland Facility Explosion
Incident occurred Thursday evening in Stuttgart, AR
An explosion at a Riceland facility in Stuttgart on Thursday evening left three workers with minor injuries and caused "significant" damage to a structure, Kevin McGilton, Riceland spokesman, said Friday.
According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the explosion happened at a building used to store rough and milled rice at about 5:20 p.m. The company believes the blast occurred due to an accumulation of grain dust, accompanied by some sort of spark.
McGilton described the injuries the workers received as “very minor” and not life-threatening.
The workers were treated and released, according to a news release issued Friday by the company.
Riceland provides marketing services for rice and soybeans grown by its 5,500 farmer-members in Arkansas and Missouri. Each year, its 1,500 employees receive, store, transport process and market more than 125 million bushels (2.5 million metric tons) of grain. Riceland is the world's largest miller and marketer of rice and one of the Mid-South's major soybean processors.