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Video: Explosion kills 18,000 cattle, critically injures one person at TX dairy farm

Explosion at Southfork Dairy Farms in Texas (Castro County Sheriff's Office/Released)
April 12, 2023

Nearly 20,000 cattle were killed in an explosion that rocked a Texas dairy farm on Monday. One person was also critically injured in the blast, police said.

The explosion took place at South Fork Dairy in Dimmitt, Texas on Monday night, sending a massive cloud of black smoke into the air and sparking a fire.

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Video of the the explosion was posted on Twitter.

“Currently multiple agencies and emergency crews are on scene and have confirmed with a multiple casualty incident at South Fork Dairy in Castro County in dimmitt Texas. The explosion took place around 8:15 p.m this evening with reports of a large mushroom cloud rising from the distant its currently unknown how many people were injured as its still developing,” news outlet RawsAlerts tweeted.

The Castro County Sheriff’s Office posted an update of the incident on Facebook.

“The Castro County Sheriff”s Office, the Dimmitt, Hart and Nazareth Fire Departments respond to an explosion and fire at the Southfork Dairy Farms located on the 1600 blk of CR 624 which is approximately 11 miles southeast of Dimmitt,” the post stated. “Upon arrival it was determined that one person was trapped inside and fire crews were able to locate the person and remove them from the building. The person was flown to the UMC Hospital in Lubbock. All employees were accounted for.”

“Other first responders that responded to the scene: Tulia FD, Muleshoe FD, Springlake FD, Earth FD, and the Sunnyside VFD, Bailey County Sheriff”s Office, Lamb County Sheriff”s Office, Swisher County Sheriff”s Office, Texas State Fire Marshal Office, Texas Highway Patrol,  the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Tulia EMS, AMR EMS, Earth EMS, and theUMC Multi-patient EMS ambus. Emergency crews were on scene until after 11 p.m.,” the update concluded.