UPDATE: Employees return to site of Dodge Center explosion

DODGE CENTER, Minn. – McNeilus Company says all employees have returned to work Thursday, except for the area of the plant damaged by the explosion.


Previous stories below.


DODGE CENTER, Minn. – A total of six people were hurt in a Wednesday morning explosion at the McNeilus Company on 520 Highway Street East.

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose says two victims with burns had to be airlifted to the hospital.  Two other people were described as having serious injuries and two more with minor injuries.

The explosion happened around 10:30 am in the painting area of the truck manufacturing plant and all manufacturing workers were sent home for the day.  Fire departments from Dodge Center, Kasson and West Concord responded to this incident.

The cause of the explosion is still undetermined but there was extensive structural damage to the building.  County Road 34 was closed for just over two hours.

The Minnesota Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating this incident.

MNOSHA says it has inspected the plant five times since 2008 and issued 17 citations and over $31,000 in penalties.  James Honerman of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry says two of those inspections could be defined as “planned” or “routine.”  The others were as a result of a complaint or serious injury.

To see the record of MNOSHA’s inspections, click here.



DODGE CENTER, Minn. – An explosion has been reported in Dodge Center.

Emergency crews are dealing with a situation at the McNeilus Company on 520 Highway Street East.  Two people have been flown to the hospital for medical treatment and another three have been transported by ambulance.

Employees are leaving the business and the Olmsted County Public Safety incident command truck is there.

KIMT has a reporter on the scene and will update this story with more details.

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