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Fish Meal Dust in $100K Explosion

Authorities at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, are blaming fish food dust at Westward Seafoods processing plant for the severe damage to their site following an explosion on 19th Sept. Although there were employees inside the building no injuries were reported. Authorities confirmed there had been two previous dust explosions from fish processing plants in the area but this one was the most serious.

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