PennLive Report: Chocolate Factory in West Reading Explodes, Two Dead

PennLive Report: Chocolate Factor in West Reading Explodes, Two Dead

READING – PennLive is reporting… A chocolate factory in Reading exploded on Friday evening, leaving two people dead and nine missing, according to officials.  The explosion occurred just before 5 p.m. at the R.M. Palmer Company plant at Second Avenue and Cherry Street in West Reading, the Reading Eagle reported.  A Reading Hospital spokeswoman told the New York Times that six patients had arrived from the explosion. One of those patients would be transferred and others were being evaluated.  West Reading police held a press conference on Friday night, with Chief Wayne W. Holben confirming that two people had died in the explosion.


There are nine people unaccounted for, but he could not confirm how many people were injured.  The identities of the people involved will not be released as of late Friday, Holben said.  The explosion was in building 2 of the factory property, destroying the building and building 1 was severely damaged, Holben said.  Holben said the cause of the explosion is under investigation with the assistance of local and state agencies.  West Reading Borough Mayor Samantha Kaang told the outlet that she felt the explosion from her house four or five blocks away.

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