Friday, 25 Sep 2020

Guacamole maker explodes killing former mayor, injuring two others

A high-pressure food processor being tested to make guacamole exploded in upstate New York Wednesday morning — killing a former mayor and injuring two other people, according to a report.

Former Rensselaer Mayor Joseph Kapp, 67, died of injuries from the blast that occurred shortly after 7 a.m. at Innovative Test Solutions in Schenectady, The Times Union reported.

Two other people suffered less serious injuries and were admitted for treatment at the hospital, the outlet reported.

The fatal explosion occurred as the food processor was undergoing tests to assess its viability for manufacturing guacamole.

It’s unclear what caused the blast, but fire crews do not believe the incident was suspicious, news station WRGB reported.

Kapp, who was also a trustee of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, was remembered by colleagues for his “legacy of service and accomplishment that greatly benefited Rensselaer County and the Capital Region.”

“He was humble with accomplishments around the world and a resume that had to be seen to believed,” HVCC Board Chairman Neil Kelleher told The Times Union.

“His work at Hudson Valley helped make the college a shining star and we hope his work there is remembered.”

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