NEWS ALERT: Massive explosion at chocolate factory leaves 2 dead, several unaccounted for

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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following information published by FOX29.COM:

READING, Pa. – An explosion at a historic Reading chocolate factory left two people dead and several others hurt, according to officials.

Firefighters responded to R.M. Palmer Company on South 2nd Avenue around 5 p.m. Friday for reports of an explosion and a multi-alarm fire.

Authorities said the explosion leveled Building 2 of the facility and caused damage to Building 1. Investigators are still working to determine what caused the blast.

Fox29 Philadelphia reported that the deadly explosion is suspected to have been caused by a gas leak.

Workers were busy making Easter candy inside the factory when the explosion happened Friday evening about 5 pm.

At least two people were killed in the blast, and another nine are reportedly missing.

Eight people were taken to the hospital, with two still listed in fair condition and another was transferred to a different facility.  Five were treated and released.

The R.M. Palmer factory has been in business since 1948, and currently has over 850 people employed there.

A weather camera belonging to Fox29 just happened to capture the moment the massive explosion occurred. Watch below:

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