U.S. ethanol facility closed after explosion; two injured

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 22, 2015 10:22 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Poet Llc ethanol plant in Minnesota was shut down following a Sunday morning blast that injured two people, according to the U.S. biofuels producer.

The Glenville facility was closed for investigation into a fire and explosion that occurred on Sunday just after 3 a.m. (0800 GMT), plant General Manager Steve McNinch said in an emailed statement.

There is no timeline yet for restarting the plant, which produces about 45 million gallons of ethanol annually, a Poet spokesman told Reuters on Monday.

Two employees were injured and taken to the hospital, McNinch said.

(Reporting by Chris Prentice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)