Riceland explosion rocks west Jonesboro

JONESBORO, Ark. – One nearby resident wondered what the loud boom she heard in Scenic Hills around 8 a.m. Friday morning was.

A loud explosion followed by a brief fire happened the Riceland plant on Dan Avenue in Jonesboro, drawing a response from several Jonesboro Fire Department engines. A representative from the plant told NEA Report the all-clear had been given by around 8:30 a.m. No one was reportedly injured in the blast.

Several commented on NEA Report’s live stream they had heard the boom as far as five minutes away.

According to a source, the incident was a dust explosion. Highly concentrated airborne dust came into an ignition source and it exploded.

A slight fire occurred and burned out once the dust particles burned off. A small amount of smoke was produced and fortunately, no one was in the area when it happened.

The source said this happens every few years there.

Rice dust one of many types of combustible dusts, listed as an agricultural dust according to OSHA.gov.

NEA Report broadcasted live following the incident from the location.

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