KS - Three dead, three missing in Atchison grain elevator explosion

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    The elevator exploded just before 7 p.m. Saturday. Two others are in critical condition at KU Med Center with severe burns.

    Rescue efforts suspended at Atchison grain elevator (Kansas City Star)
    more at link above

    Three dead, three missing in grain elevator explosion (Atchison Daily Globe)
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Death toll is six; two critically burned are in hospital.

    All three missing men found dead in search of Atchison grain elevator (kansas city.com)
    more at link; Atchison is about 50 miles NW of Kansas City
     
  4. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    How horrible, those poor men. Prayers for the survivors to recover as fully as possible and for those who lost their lives.
     
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    davehead21 Active Member

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    This is so sad. Although I was sure the missing men were dead, I was still hoping for a miracle.
     
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    Is it normal for 48 hours to pass with no word on what caused the explosion?

    (Grain elevators are quite outside my areas of experience.)
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    I think it is. I should know my grain elevators better as I've lived in many towns (including this one! yikes!) with them. Essentially, it's almost always a grain dust explosion so I imagine they're making darned sure. Pretty stiff regulations and yet they still explode.
     
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    Pardon my stupidity, but what causes grain dust to explode?

    (I'm not sure how to google this.)
     
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    Its, uh, high level of explosivity? lol - I have no real idea either, having nodded off during both physics and chemistry classes in high school, then having kept them at a safe distance in college. Here's the Wiki, has a section on explosions: Grain Elevators.
     
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    No ruling on the cause of the explosion yet. Kansas City Star does have this:
     

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