Around 1 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017, Jordan White posted a video to Facebook. Since then, it has been viewed by more than a million times.
An overhead tank filled with more than 10,000 bushels of corn collapsed as the bin was being unloaded into a truck. The bin took out a power-line and the grain dust and electrical spark created a fireball that caused extensive damage.
“We’re really not sure at this time what caused it,” said Steve White of White Farms, father of Jordan White. “We suspect it may have been a problem with the steel of the grain bin.”
White said the structure was only five years old.
“When that explosion happened… we got a lot of extensive damage,” White said. “It sent a 180-foot wave that went up to the pipes of the leg… all kinds of electrical damage. We’ve got a mess.”
White Farms is located near Switz City.
More than corn was lost in the collapse–the loss of this bin could be detrimental to the upcoming harvest if it is not replaced immediately.
“That was our wet tank, so everything we bring in here goes through that bin,” White said. “We have to get that bin back and get our leg back, so we’re looking at a huge cost to replace this.”
“We’re hoping we can get this thing back up and running before harvest,” White said. “But we’re pretty self-sufficient. We’ll take care of it.”
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