Explosion at South Dakota petroleum distributor hurts 3

December 31, 2019 GMT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Three people were hurt in an explosion at a South Dakota petroleum distributor on Monday, the company’s co-owner said.

The explosion happened around 2 p.m. in the truck maintenance shop of Harms Oil just west of Aberdeen.

Co-owner Jason Harms confirms three people were hurt. Harms said all three were taken to a hospital. Harms said he’s unsure what caused the explosion.

Traffic on nearby Highway 12 was blocked shortly after the explosion, the Aberdeen News reported. Heavy smoke could be seen following the explosion.

Brown County Emergency Management Director Scott Meints said crews had the fire under control about three hours later. He said the maintenance shop was severely damaged.

The explosion is under investigation.