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Omaha explosion: Two confirmed dead as investigation resumes into cause

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On the morning of Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, an Omaha explosion rocked a manufacturing plant and caused most of it to collapse. Two of the 38 workers at the International Nutrition plant were confirmed dead and 10 more were hospitalized. There is still no word as to what caused the deadly blast, but the Associated Press reports that an investigation is on going.

A firefighter was also sent to the hospital to deal with an injured hand.

Jamar White, one of the plant workers, was outside of it at the time of the Omaha explosion. He said that he had heard a loud crack before looking up and seeing the building' back wall collapse.

"I ran at least 150 feet," White said. "I ran far enough to make sure nothing else would keep falling."

One thing that is already known is that key structural supports failed after the explosion. From that point, the second and third floors of the building collapsed down onto the first. It is still unknown what actually caused the Omaha explosion though.

Omaha Interim Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said he couldn't even say for certain that there was an explosion. Workers and others have said they heard a blast.

An investigation is expected to take weeks.

One of the two that died in the blast was 53-year-old Keith Everett of Omaha. So far, the name of the other victim has not been released.

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