9 employees released from hospital after explosion at Paducah Dippin’ Dots facility

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:11 PM CDT
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PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Nine out of the 10 employees injured in an explosion at a Dippin’ Dots facility have been treated and released from the hospital.

As of Thursday, one employee remains hospitalized.

The company said the nine employees released are recovering at home. They said they are offering on-site counseling support to their employees.

According to Dippin’ Dots, the incident did not impact its corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant. The incident occurred at a separate contract manufacturing facility location.

While it did not affect the manufacturing and distribution of its products, the company said it is being “deliberate in resuming production, which will happen soon.”

Dippin’ Dots CEO Scott Fischer also released a statement on Thursday:

“I am thankful to report that nine of our employees have been released and are now recovering at home. Please continue to pray for our one employee who is recovering in the hospital. My heart is with all of our employees, as we work through this difficult time together.”

The explosion was reported on Wednesday evening, July 21.

According to Robin Newberry, public information officer with the Paducah Police Department, the explosion was at a building in the Dippin’ Dots production complex. That building is located on Industrial Drive.

Newberry said a truck was unloading liquid nitrogen and there was an explosion.

While the Dippin’ Dots isn’t made at that particular building, it is used for making ingredients for a third party.

Ten people were injured and taken to area hospitals, all of them were able to get out of the building “under their own power.”

We talked to one Dippin’ Dots worker about his experience.

“I was in there walking in the production room and all of a sudden there was a loud boom and then I’m on the ground,” said Michael Jones, maintenance worker. “That’s all I remember.”

On Wednesday night, Dippin’ Dots issued the following statement:

“This is a terrible accident, which occurred at our contract manufacturing facility and did not involve our headquarters and ice cream production facility. At this moment, our focus is on the well-being of our fellow employees who were injured. They are foremost in our thoughts and prayers this evening. We are working with local officials and have contacted state and federal authorities in preparation for a complete investigation. We are grateful for the response of first responders who helped on many levels this afternoon.”

Scott Fischer, CEO of Dippin’ Dots, issued a separate statement:

“My heart is with our employees, especially those injured in this afternoon’s terrible incident. I care deeply for our employees - they are family to me. Please join me in praying for our employees. Your support will be greatly appreciated by the Dippin’ Dots extended family during this difficult moment.”

Four people were hurt in an explosion at the facility in November 2019.

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