2023 Agricultural Dust Explosions Report: Nine Explosions and No Deaths

There were 9 grain dust explosions reported in the U.S. in 2023 according to Kingsly Ambrose, Professor, Purdue University.

This compares to 10 in 2022 and a ten-year average of 8.4 explosions.

There were no fatalities and 12 injuries.

The explosions were in 1 ethanol plant, 1 wheat mill, 2 grain elevators, 2 soybean processing, 2 corn processing, and 1 corn cob processing plants.

The probable ignition sources were identified in 1 case as fire, 1 as equipment malfunction and 6 unknowns.

Fuel sources were identified as 9 from grain dusts.

Dust explosions occurred in 4 different states: 3 each in Illinois and Minnesota, 2 in Iowa, and 1 in Indiana.

Contact Dr. Kingsly Ambrose by e-mail (rambrose@purdue.edu) or telephone (765-494-6599), 225 S University Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47907.

*This report subject to revision as additional information is received.