A 400,000-gallon tank of molasses burst at a sugar factory, spilling a cascade of sticky liquid that coated three workers and flattened a small building "as if someone had stepped on a pop can."

One of the workers was swept 100 feet out of the building Wednesday and waded through the syrupy flood to help his co-workers from the rubble, Scotts Bluff County deputy sheriffs said. No one was seriously hurt."At this point we're just going to try to contain it. There's nothing hazardous about the material. It's just sticky," said John Sagaser, manager of the Western Sugar Co. plant where the accident occurred about 20 miles east of the Wyoming border.