One dead, two missing after silicone plant explosion

One dead, two missing after silicone plant explosion

One dead, two missing after silicone plant explosion

An explosion rocked parts of an IL town Friday night, killing one person, injuring four others and leaving two missing, authorities said.

Initially, three workers were missing and four were injured at AB Specialty Silicones, a plant that produces the raw ingredients for manufacturing silicone, in Waukegan, at about 9:30 p.m. local time Friday.

The body of a worker who had been missing was recovered and handed over to the Lake County coroner, Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi told ABC News.

Lenzi said four people were taken to hospital with "moderate to serious injuries" and two others were seen, but requested no treatment.

The Lake County Sheriff's office said on Twitter last night that it was aware of a "very loud explosion sound" and the "ground shaking".

There is no concern for hazardous material being mixed in with debris.

Officials say the cause of the explosion is still not yet known.

"The conditions are really rough in there", Lenzi said. 'We have had no instances as far as code violations or anything like that with the plant'. Our personnel worked tirelessly through the night to control this scene with help from many neighboring agencies.

Anthony Madonia, an attorney for AB Specialty Silicones, said one of the men who did not make it out of the plant was a partial owner of the company. The Lake County Sheriff's Office warned residents to stay away from the area.

An explosion shook the ground in Waukegan on Sunset Avenue on May 3, 2019. "Area first-responders are on the scene of an explosion/building fire".

The plant is directly across from an emissions testing facility, a witness told the newspaper.

Plant personnel determined nine people were in the building at the time.

"It was leveled. It's right across from the emission testing station", she said, in reference to a state of IL facility. She also said a supervisor tried to warn people to get out of the building before the explosion. "Our cable TV flickered and the electricity, and then it came back on".

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