No injuries in early morning milk plant explosion in Strasburg

Virginia

Courtesy: Katie Rhee

RESTON, Va. (WDVM) — Officials report an early morning explosion at Valley Milk Products on Friday in Strasburg, Virginia.

According to officials, there were no employees working in the facility during the time of the explosion, and no reported injuries. Although the building did sustain a large amount of damage.

Officials say a boiler exploded which led to an ammonia leak, roughly 20 people were evacuated from the immediate area.

Bill Streett, the Deputy Chief of Operations at Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue explained the leak was contained at around 9:30 a.m. but secured a nearly 300 foot perimeter around the building to prevent any ammonia inhalation related injuries.

“We have a hazard materials team that is on site from the regional hazmat team out of Winchester,” Streett said. “They’re assisting us right now to evaluate any residual anhydrous ammonia that may be trapped in the plumbing at the facility itself.”

Two truck drivers were present during the explosion while they were making a routine delivery, officials say. One driver left the plant following the explosion however, the other was evaluated for respiratory related concerns.

“We are thankful for the swift action of local emergency responders and city building officials to ensure our
employees are kept safe and minimize impact to the Strasburg community,” said Jay Bryant, CEO of
MDVA. “While we are still assessing the impact of the explosion, we expect no disruptions to our milk
supply.”

The plant is owned by Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA) and produces a variety of condensed milk, butter, and cream.

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