An explosion at an ethanol plant Tuesday morning in Monroe caused damage but no injuries, officials said.
The explosion was reported at 5:53 a.m. at Badger State Ethanol, 820 W. 17th St., on the city’s far West Side, Monroe police said. “It’s in an industrial area, not on a through street,” said Capt. Jerry Dahlen.
Green County Emergency Management said the explosion happened in a corn silo that was about 40 percent full. The explosion blew the top off the silo, which has a capacity of 2,200 tons, officials said.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Monroe Fire Chief Dan Smits said the state Division of Criminal Investigation was assisting.
Badger State Ethanol CEO and General Manager Erik Huschitt said at a news conference Tuesday that the plant followed protocol after the explosion by shutting down all operations. Plant employees will focus Wednesday on cleanup, he said.
The company is committed to creating a safe work environment, Huschitt said, and will assess what caused the explosion to see if anything can be improved.
“There’s one thing that’s important at the end of the day, and that’s that nobody gets hurt,” he said. “Our priority is the safety of our employees.”
In April 2014, a fire in duct work was reported at the plant, but nobody was injured.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.