SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Nation/World

January 21, 2014

Two deaths confirmed in Omaha plant explosion

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An explosion yesterday morning that brought down part of an animal-feed processing plant in Omaha left two people dead and 10 others seriously hurt, authorities said.

The search for bodies in the crippled International Nutrition plant progressed slowly yesterday, but the death toll wasn’t likely to get higher.

Omaha police Lt. Darci Tierney said yesterday evening that all 38 of the workers who were in the building at the time had been accounted for. Through much of the day, authorities declined to say how many died while they sorted out what happened.

Officials say two died, 10 were hospitalized, and seven were hurt but refused treatment. The other 19 workers escaped.

Search-and-rescue experts worked into last night to stabilize the building. It wasn’t immediately clear whether their work would continue into today.

“We haven’t cleared the building yet because of the significant risk to our people,” interim fire Chief Bernie Kanger said.

Authorities don’t know what caused the blast, but Kanger noted that there were no hazardous chemicals at the plant.

International Nutrition makes products that are added to livestock and poultry feed to make them more nutritious.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will determine the cause.

The explosion knocked out the lights in the building and sent workers scrambling for safety.

Nate Lewis said he was on the first floor when he heard the explosion. The building went dark, so the 21-year-old used light from his cellphone to make his way across the production floor and outside.

“I was a production line worker, although I don’t know if I want to be that anymore,” said Lewis, who’s worked at International Nutrition for about four months.

Worker Jamar White said he heard a loud crack and looked up to see the back wall of the building collapsing.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Nation/World

Local News
  • Correction A story in Thursday's edition, "Music, ice cream and family fun abound at Salem Heritage Days," requires correction. Heritage Days is now in its 53rd year. Also, only two of four events for Salem seniors -- the ice cream social on Monday and the seni

    August 1, 2014

  • Officials look for sex offender who cut off GPS bracelet SALEM -- Police and probation officials are searching for a Level 3 sex offender who cut off a court-mandated GPS bracelet on Tuesday and disappeared. Matthew John Delima, 31, who is registered as homeless and living in Salem, had just learned that

    July 31, 2014

  • Marquis Campbell, Steven Diaz indicted on human trafficking, kidnapping charges

    DANVERS -- A grand jury has indicted two men who, police say, used motels in Saugus and Danvers after kidnapping a woman and coercing her into prostitution over three days, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Thursday. One of the defendants in

    July 31, 2014

  • Baker(1) GOP's Baker to unveil plan to fight drug addiction

    BOSTON (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker has unveiled what he's calling a comprehensive approach to tackling the drug addiction crisis in Massachusetts.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140730_SN_DLE_DEMOLITION5 Demolition of Salem Harbor Station begins

    SALEM -- It all begins with B5. Or ends, depending on how you look at it. Demolition began at Salem Harbor Station Wednesday afternoon, with crews first setting upon one of the power plant's 11 steel tanks. The work was supposed to begin Monday, but

    July 31, 2014 7 Photos