Blast at grain storage facility in France leaves three injured

Published: June 06, 2018 15:54:42

Smoke rises after an explosion at a grain silo that injured several people on the site of the company Silostra, located on the Rhine River port, in Strasbourg, France, June 6, 2018. Reuters.

An explosion at a grain storage facility in the eastern French city of Strasbourg seriously injured three people on Wednesday morning, emergency services said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, which set ablaze the silo located on the banks of the river Rhine, on the border with Germany, reports Reuters.

The site is owned by agricultural cooperative Comptoir agricole. Local grain brokers said it had a storage capacity of 40,000 tonnes.

Comptoir agricole declined to comment.

France is the European Union’s largest grains producer and exporter.

The Rhine serves an important route for transporting grain from eastern France to northern European countries like Germany and the Netherlands.

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