10 people hurt in explosion at Dippin’ Dots factory in Kentucky


Ten people were injured in an explosion in a truck filled with liquid nitrogen at the Dippin Dots factory in Kentucky, police and company officials said.

Police said the blast at the factory in Paduka on Wednesday afternoon took place in a building owned by Dippin Dots, which made materials for a third-party company.

Paduka Police spokesman Robin Newbery said a truck was unloading liquid nitrogen used to flash-freeze the popular ice cream treat into a storage tank when the explosion shook the facility, causing 11 out of 10 People got injured.

Dippin’ Dots spokeswoman Billie Stuber told The Post that nine of the 10 injured employees were treated and discharged from hospitals late Wednesday.

“This is a horrific accident that occurred at our contract manufacturing facility and did not involve our headquarters and ice cream production facility,” company officials said in a statement. “At this time, our focus is on the well-being of our fellow employees who were injured.”

Officers arrive at the site of the explosion at the Dippin Dots facility in Kentucky.
Officers arrive at the site of the explosion at the Dippin Dots facility in Kentucky.
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Dippin Dots CEO Scott Fisher asked the public to pray for the workers affected.

“My heart goes out to our employees, especially those injured in this afternoon’s horrific incident,” Fisher said in a statement to The Post. “I care a lot about my employees – they are family to me.”

The explosion occurred at a separate plant from where a 2019 explosion injured four people at the Dippin Dots manufacturing facility on nearby Charter Oak Drive. Paduka Surya reported.

A city representative said nitrogen had leaked into the plant at the time.

The cause of Wednesday’s explosion was not immediately clear. A road leading to the facility remained closed till early Thursday. WPSD reported.

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