Elevator Blast Rocks Shakopee 26 Apr 13

An explosion at en energy plant in Shakopee rattled windows, shook buildings, and prompted evacuations but nobody was hurt.

Koda Energy and Rahr Malting operate in a joint venture just south of the Minnesota River near downtown Shakopee.

MNN reports company executives say the explosion happened just after noon, and the resulting fire damaged two biomass fuel silos and their conveyor system, as well as a truck unloading facility.

The full extent of the damage hasn’t yet been assessed.

The fire was contained within about three hours but Shakopee’s fire chief says crews could be on scene, making sure it doesn’t spread or rekindle, for several days.

There were no hazardous materials involved.