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Kansas Grain Elevator Blast: 3 Dead, 3 Missing

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATCHISON, Kan.) -- Authorities will resume a search and rescue mission Sunday for three people still missing following a grain elevator explosion that left three people dead this weekend in Kansas.

The blast, which shook the ground for miles and sent a fireball into the air, occurred Saturday night at the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator in Atchison, Kan.

The missing people are believed to be workers. Two workers were hospitalized.

Atchison City Manager Trey Cocking said authorities believe the explosion was caused by grain dust, which can ignite.

"I am aware of two of these explosions in the last 15 years," Cocking said.

Cocking said search and rescue teams need to get a better sense of the structure and bring in more equipment.

"The grain elevator's still standing, at least most of it is. The explosion was felt at least four miles away, if not further," he said.

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