Video: Two Dead, Seven Missing After Massive Explosion Erupts at Pennsylvania Chocolate Factory
© Screenshot/Insider PaperImage captures moment that a massive explosion unfolded at a Pennsylvania chocolate factory.
© Screenshot/Insider Paper
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - At least two people died and several others were injured as a result of an explosion and a subsequent fire at a chocolate factory in the US state of Pennsylvania.
The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. local time on Friday (21:00 GMT), and destroyed part of the R.M. Palmer Company chocolate factory in West Reading, Berks County.
Footage shared on social media captured the moment the explosion erupted at the site.
NEW - Massive explosion reported in a factory that produces chocolate in Reading, Pennsylvania pic.twitter.com/wqyr9Kzh9r— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) March 24, 2023
Additional video showed a massive plume of smoke emitting from the building as firefighters responded to the scene.
🚨#BREAKING: Multiple injuries and people trapped after a Major explosion at a Chocolate Factory— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) March 24, 2023
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Currently Numerous Emergency crews and response teams are responding to a 3-alarm fire with a Massive explosion at a RM Palmer chocolate company in West… pic.twitter.com/9EHqNHJbKT
Citing West Reading police, local media reported that seven individuals were believed missing following the accident. At least six people were hospitalized with injuries.
A spokesperson for the Reading Hospital has indicated that eight people had been transported to the facility, specifying that two were considered in fair condition and that another was transferred. The remaining individuals were released without further issue.
The explosion at the chocolate factory is believed to have been likely caused by a gas leak.
An investigation is underway.