Dust combustion reported near Posey County ethanol plant


MT. VERNON, Ind. (WEHT) – Emergency crews were sent to a report of a grain bin fire and explosion in Posey County.  The call came in just before 9:00 a.m. in the 8900 block of West Franklin Road, which is the site of the Green Plains ethanol plant.

Sheriff Tom Latham says it was a dust combustion inside an elevator shaft and there was no fire. Emergency crews were able to determine everything and everyone was ok. The plant is back to normal operations. 

Green Plains sent Eyewitness News a statement saying:

Emergency services were called to Green Plains’ Mount Vernon, Indiana, location this morning out of an abundance of caution. Crews had left the scene by 11 a.m. Central Daylight Time. No one was injured. The process safety devices kept the employees and facilities from any significant harm or damage. The incident is currently under investigation.

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