Footage emerged of a massive explosion at a chocolate factory in Pennsylvania on Friday evening that left multiple casualties.
The explosion happened at the R.M. Palmer Company chocolate factory in West Reading at around 5 p.m., according to a report from The New York Times.
At least two people were killed in the explosion, eight were transported to hospitals with injuries, and nine others were missing, the report said.
Law enforcement said that the cause of the explosion, which shook houses several blocks away, was under investigation.
“The explosion was so big that it moved that building four feet forward,” said Mayor Samantha Kaag. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great scene to come into. It was pretty scary.”
The 75-year-old company employs hundreds of people and is known for making seasonal chocolate candies.
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“I heard like a loud noise, like a roaring sound, then the house shake,” Liz Soto, who has a friend who works in the factory, told FOX 29. “She went to work, she’s confirmed to have gone to work, but we don’t know anything about her.”
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