Explosion at Tate & Lyle under investigation

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Fire crews were called to the Tate & Lyle plant on the city’s north side Wednesday evening after reports of an explosion.

Tate and Lyle spokesperson Chris Olsen confirmed that there were no injuries as a result of the apparent explosion. Although, he he would not release any details about the nature or cause of the explosion. He said the company’s safety systems and equipment worked as planned.

“We are still investigating the incident that happened this afternoon [Wednesday]. We want to find out exactly what happened and also want to prevent it from happening again. But beyond that, we have no comments at this time,” said Olsen.

Olsen said employees at the facility are trained to handle emergency situations.

Sergeant Bob Baumgartner with the Lafayette Police Department said once emergency crews arrived at the plant, they never made it on to Tate & Lyle’s property. The company told the Lafayette Fire Department everything was clear and emergency crews left the scene.

Baumgartner said unless it’s a criminal matter, Tate & Lyle has the right to deny emergency crews from coming on to the property. Firefighters believe they got emergency calls from people nearby, not from the company itself.

News 18 received reports from several people who heard the loud explosion or boom. One woman described seeing a large ball of fire.

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