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A large explosion that occurred at the RM Palmer chocolate factory in West Reading, Pennsylvania, has left two people dead and multiple numbers injured, with nine still missing.

Saturday, March 25 at 3:10am

At least two people are confirmed to have died with multiple numbers of people injured after a huge explosion at the RM Palmer chocolate factory in West Reading, Pennsylvania, as reported by pennlive.com.

Another nine people are still unaccounted for said West Reading police chief Wayne W. Holben in a press conference. He explained that the blast originated in Building 2 of the facility. The whole of that building was destroyed while Building 1 was also severely damaged. Video footage courtesy of Jeremy Jenkins @JeremyWGAL.

Speaking with the New York Times, a Reading Hospital spokeswoman revealed that the medical facility had received six patients from the scene of the explosion. Video footage captured by local cameras is circulating on social media. It shows an enormous blast occurring with debris flying in all directions but is but is too graphic to be published here.

Saturday, March 25 at 0:10am

A massive explosion at the RM Palmer chocolate and candy factory in West Reading, Pennsylvania, has seen multiple emergency crews deployed this afternoon, March 24. There are reports of people trapped and injured inside the partially collapsed building which is said to be a 3-alarm turnout for fire crews.

The sound of the explosion has been reported by people living miles away from the blast. It was suggested by one local source that a gas leak caused the explosion at around 5pm local time, but there has been no official confirmation from the authorities as yet.

According to a post on the Facebook page of the Susquehanna Valley Tribune, at least six people are thought to be trapped in the rubble.

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