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Million dollar corn spill devastates New Carlisle grain elevator

A grain bin at Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle collapsed Sunday evening spilling more than 21 million pounds and well over $1 million of corn across Route 571. The road had to be closed as a result of the spill, according to the New Carlisle News.

Neighbors reported hearing an explosion around 11:30 p.m., likely the result of transformers blowing. The cause of the collapse of the structure is still unknown. The collapse and resulting corn spill damaged two other buildings and caused several power lines and poles to fall down. Power was lost but restored fairly quickly. No employees were present at the facility at the time and no injuries have been reported.

All of the other silos at the grain elevator are full. The silo that collapsed was built in the 1950s or 1960s, according to the New Carlisle News.

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