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Judge rules ConAgra foods liable in 2009 Slim Jim plant explosion

The explosion that killed four happened during a water heater installation at a plant that makes popular meat-stick snacks

March 28, 2016  by The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb.—ConAgra Foods has been found liable for $108.9 million in a civil lawsuit stemming from a fatal 2009 plant explosion in North Carolina.

The Omaha World Herald reports a Douglas County jury found the Omaha, Neb.-based food company was negligent in the Slim Jim plant explosion that killed four people.

The explosion happened during a water heater installation. Jacobs Engineering, the California-based company that was contracted to perform services at the plant, paid $108 million to settle lawsuits with affected parties.

But Jacobs Engineering later sued ConAgra to recover the money, arguing it had no role in the explosion. Jurors found Jacobs Engineering not responsible.


A ConAgra spokesman says they have multiple grounds for appeal.

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