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Terrifying moment huge explosion rips apart Pennsylvania chocolate factory - killing two, injuring eight and leaving nine missing
An explosion at a chocolate factory in Pennsylvania on Friday killed two people and left nine missing. Several other people were injured by the explosion at the R.M. Palmer Co. plant, said West Reading Borough Police Department Chief of Police Wayne Holben, who did not confirm the exact number of injured. The explosion just before 5pm was all caught on camera. Video footage saw a plume of thick, black smoke into the air, destroying one building and damaging a neighboring building that included apartments. 'It's pretty leveled,' West Reading Borough Mayor Samantha Kaag said of the explosion site. 'The building in the front, with the church and the apartments, the explosion was so big that it moved that building four feet forward.' The cause of the blast in the community about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia was under investigation, Holden told reporters. Eight people were taken to Reading Hospital Friday evening, Tower Health spokeswoman Jessica Bezler said. Two people were admitted in fair condition and five were being treated and would be released, she said in an email. One patient was transferred to another facility, but Bezler provided no further details. Source