PADUCAH – For the second time since 2019, an explosion rocked a Dippin ‘Dots facility in Paducah on Wednesday afternoon.
This time, the explosion did not occur in the factory itself, but in another nearby building also belonging to the company used for the production of an ingredient sold to a third party.
MORE DETAILS: Ten injured in explosion at Dippin ‘Dots facility on Industrial Drive
“This is a terrible accident, which occurred at our contract manufacturing facility and did not involve our head office and our ice cream production plant,” the company said in a released statement. Wednesday evening.
Paducah police said the explosion occurred when a truck dumped liquid nitrogen into the building. The Paducah Fire Department is investigating the cause of the incident.
Emergency teams blocked the road and ambulances took five people to Mercy Health Hospital – Lourdes and five others to Baptist Health Paducah.
Sky 6 had a bird’s eye view of the damage. As you can see, the entire back of the building has been torn apart.
The ice cream business faced another explosion in November 2019. Four people were injured in this incident. A nitrogen leak was observed inside the building. ATF said the incident was likely an industrial accident.
No deaths have been reported in connection with Wednesday’s explosion.
Dippin ‘Dots’ statement continues: “Right now we are focused on the welfare of our colleagues who have been injured. They are at the forefront of our thoughts and prayers tonight. We are working with local authorities and have contacted state and federal authorities for a full investigation. We are grateful for the response from the first responders who helped on multiple levels this afternoon.
In a separate statement Scott Fischer, CEO of Dippin ‘Dots, said:
“My heart is with our employees, especially those who were injured in the terrible incident this afternoon. I care deeply about our employees – they are my family. Please join me in praying for our employees. Your support will be greatly appreciated by the extended Dippin ‘Dots family during this difficult time. “