From the Associated Press:
OMAHA, Neb. - Omaha officials say two people are dead and all other workers are accounted for in the animal feed plant that exploded.
The explosion Monday morning brought down part of the International Nutrition plant. Two people were killed and 10 others seriously hurt. Thirty-eight people were working at the plant when the blast happened. In addition to the two people who died and 10 who were hospitalized, seven people were hurt but refused treatment. Omaha Police Lt. Darci Tierney said all of the other people who were working have been accounted for.
Authorities don't know what caused the blast.
Interim Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger noted that there were no hazardous chemicals at the plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will determine the cause.
The explosion knocked out the lights in the building and sent workers scrambling for safety. Worker Jamar White said he heard a loud crack and looked up to see the back wall of the building collapsing. White said he then ran to safety.
"I ran at least 150 feet," White said. "I ran far enough to make sure nothing else would keep falling."
White's wife, Sarah White, said she was at home with her four children when her husband called her after the explosion.
"I could hear the panic in his voice," she said. "But he said he was OK." She said he'd been watching trucks unload from outside the building when the blast occurred.
"That's where he works every day. That could have been him," White said.
Nate Lewis said he was on the first floor when he heard the explosion. The building went dark, so the 21-year-old used light from his cellphone to make his way across the production floor and outside.
"I was a production line worker, although I don't know if I want to be that anymore," said Lewis, who's worked at International Nutrition for about four months.
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