Explosion Injures 3 At 3M Plant In Minnesota

Authorities say an explosion at a 3M Co. plant in Minnesota injured three people, one of them seriously.

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HUTCHINSON, MN (AP) — Authorities say an explosion at a 3M Co. plant in Minnesota injured three people, one of them seriously.

Hutchinson Police Chief Daniel Hatten says a piece of equipment malfunctioned about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Hatten says one person was seriously hurt while the other two suffered minor injuries.

All three victims were taken to hospitals.

A 3M representative tells KARE-TV the equipment became "upset in the cooling process." Part of the plant was closed while the incident was investigated.

Hutchinson is about 60 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

According to 3M's Hutchinson plant website, the company produces the following products there: 

  • At Scotch Transparent tapes: Office & Consumer
  • Scotch Pop-up Tape
  • Post-it Flags
  • Double Coated Tapes
  • Specialty Molded Pieces
  • Specialty Tapes
  • Fluted Elastic for diapers
  • Desk Dispensers
  • Lint Roller Film
  • Nexcare First Aid Tapes
  • ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
  • Scotch® Vinyl Electrical Tapes
  • Vinyl Masking Tapes
  • Command Strips
  • 3” Scotch Transparent Tapes
  • Scotch Mailing & Storage Tapes
  • Specialty Electrical Tapes
  • Web Processing Tapes
  • Specialty Tapes
  • Optical Film Products
  • Window Films
  • Nexcare Bandages
  • Specialty Films – Anti-Graffiti Films
  • Pre-Folded Masking Film
  • Transdermal Components
  • Laminating Adhesives
  • Adhesive Transfer Tapes
  • Membrane Switch Tapes
  • Double Coated Tapes
  • Viscoelastic Adhesives
  • Aerospace Protection Tapes
  • Filter Media/Filtrete Filters
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