Sioux County Sheriff

Drone Response team assists at explosion – July 23

On Tuesday, July 23, at 3:46 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Drone Response Team assisted the Sheldon Fire Department, Sheldon Ambulance, Sheldon Emergency Management, O’Brien County Emergency Management and Sheldon Police Department at the location of an explosion that occurred at the Deluxe Feeds Elevator dairy building in Sheldon, IA.

The Sheriff’s Office Drone Response Team assisted emergency responders to help locate any hotspots that may have been present following the explosion as well as observing the premises from above for any other further structural damage not seen from the ground.

Capt. Jamison Van Voorst said, “This was the second explosion-related call in the past five weeks in Sheldon that we were able to assist at; we successfully deployed our drone and were able to take a closer look to allow responders to assess the structural damage and check for any places where heat could’ve still been present by using the thermal imagery capability that the drone has.”