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Cause Revealed of Texas Dairy Farm Explosion That Killed 18,000 Cattle

WLTR reported last month a large explosion and fire at a dairy farm in Dimmitt, Texas.

Texas Dairy Farm Explosion Kills 18,000 Cattle!

Castro County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) reported multiple calls of an explosion and fire at the Southfork Dairy Farm.

The incident reportedly sent one woman to the hospital and trapped multiple employees inside one of the buildings.

Multiple agencies and emergency crews responded to the scene.

The large mushroom cloud that formed after the explosion could reportedly be seen as far as 80 miles away.

Here's the footage:

The devastating explosion and fire led to the death of approximately 18,000 cattle.

Texas Dairy Farm Explosion Kills 18,000 Cattle!

Castro County Sheriff’s Office said the explosion occurred while the cows were in a holding area being brought in for milking.

Here’s footage of the holding area:

What exactly is explosive about a dairy farm?

You don’t have to be a genius to realize our food supply is under continued attack.

How does this happen at a dairy farm without foul play being involved?






Investigators have ruled out foul play.

They said an "engine fire in a manure vacuum truck" caused the incident and concluded there was “no intentional act to cause a failure.”

AP reported:

A fire and explosion at a dairy farm in the Texas Panhandle that injured one person and killed an estimated 18,000 head of cattle was an accident that started with an engine fire in a manure vacuum truck cleaning part of the massive barn, according to state investigators.

A State Fire Marshal report of the April 10 fire at the Southfork Dairy Farm about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Amarillo did not determine what caused the engine fire, but found there was “no intentional act to cause a failure.” The April 24 report said the investigation was closed.

A worker driving the truck through a section of the 2 million-square-foot barn told investigators he noticed what he first thought was steam coming from the engine compartment. He tried to drive out of the barn when he realized it was a fire, but couldn’t make it.

The driver said he tried to put out the fire with two extinguishers but failed. Several other employees told investigators they rushed to help, but the fire quickly spread.

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