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No Health Risk From Sand Mine Fire

CLAYTON, IA (AP) - Officials for a sand mine in northeast Iowa say smoke from a recent fire poses no public health risk.   

Pattison Sand Co. said in a statement Tuesday that a toxicologist determined smoke particle readings from a fire that ignited last week were below levels of public health concern. Another fire suppression consultant called the fire a "minimal event."   

The fire at the company's underground sand mine in Clayton County was caused by welding sparks that ignited nearby plastic piping. It was extinguished over the weekend, and no injuries were reported.

The company says multiple agencies have been involved in responding to the fire, and that all safety regulations have been followed.

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