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Powerful explosion at a Pennsylvania chocolate factory leaves at least 2 dead, 6 injured and 7 missing


The blast, which took place on Friday afternoon at the RM Palmer Company factory in West Reading, sent a large plume of smoke into the air and shook nearby houses. The causes are under investigation.

At least two people died, six were injured and another seven are missing after a strong explosion on Friday afternoon rocked a chocolate factory in West Reading, Pennsylvania, according to local authorities.

The explosion at the RM Palmer Company factory sent a large column of smoke into the air and shook houses near the building, starting a large fire, according to NBC Philadelphia.

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The explosion, which occurred around 5:00 pm (local time), destroyed part of the factory, located in Berks County, about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Mayor Samantha Kaag said.

The explosion at the RM Palmer Company factory sent a large plume of smoke into the air.Renèe Rivera

West Reading Police Chief Wayne Holben confirmed the death toll Friday night.

The causes of the explosion are being investigated.


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The RM Palmer Company factory, founded in 1948, has 850 employees and produces seasonal chocolates, collects The New York Times.

Source: telemundo

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