By Brian Bearden, TSB Contributor
On Tuesday, Franconia Brewery employees were busy working inside trying to return the popular McKinney-based Bavarian beer brewery back to normal.
Outside the locked door, TownSquareBuzz.com was told by the owner, “We are open. Everybody is fine. No, we are not able to brew beer at this time. We are not having tours now. We are very busy. We have a lot of people working inside today.”
Franconia owner and brew master Dennis Wehrmann told CBS11 that the injured people are now in good condition. “It was a scary moment for everyone. At this time we don’t know what caused the accident.”
DFW.CBSLOCAL.COM reported that close to 100 people were touring Franconia Brewery on Saturday when a beer kettle exploded at its facility. Tour guest Sean Koval told Susy Solis of CBS 11: “We were nearing the end of the tour and we were inside the walk in cooler. Then we heard a loud noise, ‘Bang! Bang!’ and then the door flew open and beer came flying in.”
Solis reported: There are three rooms at the brewery and all of the people in the tour had just left the room where the explosion took place. They were in the main room when they heard the loud boom. A beer kettle exploded and a canister hit the opposite wall, tearing the sheet metal.
Witnesses saw two employees being taken out of the room on a stretcher. One was flown via helicopter to a hospital, the other transported by ambulance.
“Everybody was just kind of freaked out,” Koval said. “It was shock, confusion. … If it had been earlier, it could have been a lot worse.”
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