Switz City, Indiana — July 31, 2017 — At approximately 1:00 pm. in Switz City, Indiana workers from White Farms Inc. were busy working when they began hearing the sounds of an overhead tank filled with more than 10,000 bushels of corn begin collapsing.
Jordan White, who was there at the time, captured the moment on video. He posted it to Facebook on July 31 at 12:16 p.m. and since then the video has been viewed by more than 6.8 million.
Cindy Sue Jake White July 31, 2017 at approximately 1:00 pm. Switz City, Indiana. White Farms Inc. Overhead tank collapsed full of corn. It hit a power line on the way down and sparked the grain dust igniting the dust and causing the flash. We are very fortunate that there were no injuries!
Posted by Jordan White on Monday, July 31, 2017
According to White, the bin hit a power line on the way down and sparked the grain dust igniting the dust and causing the flash. He says “We are very fortunate that there were no injuries!”. The bin spilled roughly 93,000 gallons of corn.
Steve White of White Farms told Greene County Daily World in an interview on Monday “We’re really not sure at this time what caused it. We suspect it may have been a problem with the steel of the grain bin.”
“It sent a 180-foot wave that went up to the pipes of the leg… all kinds of electrical damage. We’ve got a mess”, White said.
An appraiser was on-site at White Farms in the evening creating a bid to replace the grain bin.
“We’re hoping we can get this thing back up and running before harvest,” White said. “But we’re pretty self-sufficient. We’ll take care of it.”