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Sunday April 5th, 2020 6:29PM

Grain explosion damages Oakwood feed mill

By B.J. Williams Assistant News Director
A grain explosion at Crystal Feeds in Oakwood Tuesday morning caused some damage to the business, but nobody was injured.
 
Hall County Fire Division Chief Zach Brackett said crews were called to the scene at 3611 Old Oakwood Road around 11:15 a.m. 
 
"Our personnel worked with the facility staff and determined that there had been a grain explosion in a transport chute that transports grain from one section of the feed mill to the other," Brackett said. 
 
While there was a dust cloud surrounding the building, there was no fire associated with the explosion, according to Brackett.
 
Brackett said it's not unusual for explosions to occur in businesses like such as granaries or other food processing facilities.
 
"You'll remember down in South Georgia there was the sugar mill explosion [in Port Wentworth]," Brackett said. "It all has to do with surface area of the fuel...if you get enough heat and you have enough fuel and you have enough air, you can have a fire, or in this case, a small explosion."
 
He said it's also possible static electricity built up in the chute and that caused the explosion.
 
Brackett said while he did not have a dollar amount on damage, it appeared the damage was minimal.
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