US (OR): Five workers injured at hemp plant explosion

A town in Oregon was forced to evacuate after explosions at a hemp plant injured five employees, according to deputies. At around 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 20, Grass Valley residents were asked to evacuate after deputies were concerned that “chemicals might explode” at the plant, according to a Facebook post by the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies confirmed at about 6:30 p.m. that five employees had burns from small explosions, according to a Facebook post. One “suffered significant burns.” The building remained “burning and fully engulfed” three hours after the explosions, deputies said.

They decided to evacuate the town after learning of a “large volume of combustible chemicals and the possibility of a large explosion,” according to the Facebook post.

At around 8:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office posted an update to Facebook saying the evacuation would “remain in effect through the night.” The American Red Cross set up an overnight shelter at Sherman High School in nearby Moro, according to KOIN.

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