Cause of explosion at Manildra flour mill ‘unclear’, diversions lifted

Cause of explosion at Manildra flour mill ‘unclear’, diversions lifted


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“All employees were immediately evacuated from the site and are accounted for ..."

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MASSIVE DAMAGE: A screenshot from Glen Johnston's video at the scene of Saturday's incident.

MASSIVE DAMAGE: A screenshot from Glen Johnston's video at the scene of Saturday's incident.

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the explosion which injured a worker and caused extensive damage to the Manildra flour mill on Saturday.

Emergency services responded to a building fire at the Manildra Group-operated site at about 2.30pm on Saturday.

All staff were ordered to evacuate and accounted for, but according to Canobolas Zone Rural Fire Service duty officer Lachlan Allan one person had been struck by debris.

The individual was treated for minor injuries by ambulance crews at the scene.

Truck driver Glen Johnston was driving near the mill when the incident occurred, and recorded the aftermath of the incident on his phone before posting the footage to his Facebook page.

In the video he explained how the incident “blew the top out of the building and the sides”.

“I was driving just underneath the bridge in my truck, and that blew up as we drove under there,” he said over the noise of the facilty’s alarm.

As of Sunday afternoon Mr Johnston’s video – which also showed water seeping out of the mill at ground level – had been watched in excess of 140,000 times.

An 800-metre exclusion zone around the mill was put in place by police, but has since been dropped.

Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Police, the Rural Fire Service and ambulance responded, but as of Saturday night only Fire and Rescue NSW were monitoring the site for any possible internal fires.

BACKED UP: The roadblock in Manildra on Saturday afternoon.  Photo: PHI HOANG

BACKED UP: The roadblock in Manildra on Saturday afternoon. Photo: PHI HOANG

Diversions and road closures were lifted by about 10pm on Saturday, according to livetraffic.com.au.

The Manildra Group issued a statement about the incident which “impacted one section of the plant”.

“Our primary concern is the safety of our employees and the local community,” the statement said.

“All employees were immediately evacuated from the site and are accounted for. Emergency services were deployed and the incident has been contained.

“Manildra Group is working with emergency services, and the cause of the incident is unclear at this stage.”

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