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Lightning causes explosion and small fire at business


OELWEIN (KWWL)-- Crews were on the scene of an explosion and small fire near Oelwein Sunday morning.

Authorities say a lightning strike caused the explosion and small fire at International Food Products (International Ingredients) at 18556 60th Street just northwest of Oelwein around 7:45 Sunday morning.

No one was in that portion of the plant at the time of the lightning strike, so no injuries are reported.

"There was no equipment running at the plant and nobody working at that area at all.  Everybody here that was at the facility was out in another building, so that was very fortunate," said Richard Neff, plant manager.

Neff says the warehouse walls were ruptured from the lightning strike, which may cause production to slow down at the facility for a few days.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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