Gas Explosion at Seaboard Foods Plant Under Investigation

An explosion causes a plant shut down on Wednesday at Seaboard Foods in Guymon, Okla. ( Photo: Public Radio Tulsa )

An investigation is underway after an explosion of a Seaboard Foods natural gas compressor station in Guyman, Okla. on Tuesday, reports CBS News Channel 10.

“Seaboard Foods reports that emergency protocols and procedures were followed, and local emergency responders were called to the scene,” said the report.

The compressor is located behind the Guymon pork processing plant, but is not part of the plant, said Seaboard in an alert to the community. The pork plant processes more than 5 million market hogs annually, Seaboard states on its website.

No one was injured in the explosion, but it damaged the compressor station and caused power outages in the area. No damage was caused to the neighboring pork processing and biodiesel plants, Seaboard reported, however a Seaboard spokesman told Meatingplace that “the explosion prompted an electrical safety breaker to trip, and the plant is not operating today [Wednesday] while repairs are made to electrical lines and equipment that supply power to the facility.”

The facility processes 5.6 million market hogs annually, and employs 2,500 people, according to Seaboard’s website.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.