Pennsylvania chocolate factory explosion leaves at least 5 dead, 6 missing

A deadly explosion at a chocolate factory in eastern Pennsylvania on Friday night killed five people, injured eight others and damaged and destroyed nearby buildings and homes.

Meanwhile, a search continued Saturday morning for at least half a dozen people still missing after the blast, officials said.

West Reading Borough Police Chief Wayne Holben said the blast took place just before 5pm at the RM Palmer Co. factory in West Reading.

On Saturday, officials continued to investigate the causes of the explosion at the plant about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The identities of the dead, injured and missing were not immediately known.

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In this screen grab from video provided by WPVI-TV/6ABC, smoke rises from an explosion at the RM Palmer Co. plant in West Reading, Pennsylvania, Friday, March 24, 2023.

Friday’s explosion at 4:57 p.m. sent a plume of black smoke into the air and resulted in the destruction, Holben said, of a building at the facility and damage to a nearby building.

Holden was asking people to avoid the factory area on Saturday.

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