Explosion Update: Some residents return home, elevator demolition scheduled


UPDATE: Thursday 5:00 PM

Within the next seven days the building will be demolished to a point where it will be safe for residents to return.

Until then, police have a containment area in place, if the building were to collapse on its own.

Some residents are now being allowed to return home and Police Chief Mahon says, all residents in the area will need to have their utilities reconnected once they return.

The American Red Cross will have shelter tonight at the South Sioux City Middle School.

Evacuated residents should contact their homeowner’s insurance company for possible help with paying for expenses.


As of Thursday morning, the Anderson Farms grain elevator is still smoldering.

Firefighters remain on site putting out hot spots.

A permit has been requested to demolish the grain bin.

Police are asking residents to respect the perimeter. Their is still a danger that the structure may collapse.

All evacuees are asked to contact 402-494-7561 to speak with a South Sioux City PD investigator, if they have not been contacted already.

The man seriously injured in the explosion remains in a Lincoln, Nebraska hospital. His name has not been released.

This is drone footage from the South Sioux City Police department, which shows the extensive damage.

Still no word on what may have caused the blast.

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