Grain Elevator in Northrop Explodes; Debris Damages Businesses, Car, Houses

The top portion of the grain elevator exploded Thursday in Northrop, and the debris damaged houses, businesses and vehicles. Photo: Courtesy Pam Weber
The top portion of the grain elevator exploded Thursday in Northrop, and the debris damaged houses, businesses and vehicles.

December 29, 2017 09:09 AM

UPDATE: A crew worked to extinguish a fire at the grain elevator Friday morning.

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An explosion Thursday at a grain elevator in Northrop, in Martin County along the Iowa border, blew the top of the building off, according to an employee at a nearby bar.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office said in a press release it responded to a report of an explosion at 11:55 a.m. The top portion of the grain elevator exploded, and the debris damaged houses, businesses and vehicles.

A witness at a nearby bar noted there was no fire.

The sheriff's office reports three people had minor injuries and were released.

An investigation into the cause of the explosion continues.

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