Sioux County Sheriff

Drone assists at elevator explosion

On Friday, June 14, at 10:41 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Drone Response Team assisted the Sheldon Fire Department, Sheldon Emergency Management and O’Brien County Emergency Management at the location of an explosion that occurred at the Sheldon Cooperative Elevator in Sheldon, IA.

The Sheriff’s Office Drone Response Team assisted in locating any hotspots that may have been present following the explosion as well as observing the premises for any other further structural damage.

Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga said, “This was a good opportunity for us to deploy the drone to assist local emergency responders; this capability allows, in potentially life‐threatening situations, the ability to observe from a safe distance without putting people at risk of injury.”

Drone Footage from the event