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No injuries reported after explosion at industrial site in Shakopee

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Emergency responders rushed to an industrial area of Shakopee Thursday afternoon after an explosion and a fire were reported at a site along the Minnesota River, KARE 11 reports.

There were no injuries among the 17 employees at the site, who were led safely away from the facility, a Scott County official told the Star Tribune. The blast shook buildings blocks away and forced evacuations, a witness told the Star Tribune.

The fire appeared under control, the Shakopee Valley News reported before 3 p.m.

Officials said the explosion occurred at the Koda Energy plant, an environmentally-friendly energy facility jointly owned by Rahr Malting and the Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Officials did not immediately say what caused the blast.

Scott County Sheriff's and Shakopee police dispatchers began getting calls about a blast a bit before 1 p.m.

The city initially tweeted that residents should stay indoors:

After the blast, additional emergency-responder help was called:

One worker in Shakopee had tweeted:

The area is roughly 15 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

The family-owned Rahr Malting was founded in 1847 and its Shakopee facility is the largest single site malt producer in the world.

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