Two people killed in Illinois metal
recycling plant blast
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[August 26, 2014]
(Reuters) - Two people were killed
and one was injured on Monday in an explosion at a metal recycling plant
in southern Illinois possibly caused by a mortar round, according to
police and the coroner's office.
The blast occurred at about 6:30 a.m. local time in Granite City,
about 8 miles (13 km) northeast of St. Louis at Totall Metal
Recycling, a company that gets some of its material from the
military, Granite City police said.
The explosion is believed to have been caused by a mortar round,
Granite City Police Major Jeff Connor told a news conference.
"There's nothing malicious," Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller
said, describing it as an industrial accident.
Madison County Chief Deputy Coroner Roger Smith confirmed the deaths
of two people.
A state bomb squad was at the scene, assisted by a small team from
Scott Air Force Base in nearby Belleville, Illinois, a base
Totall Metal Recycling employs more than 160 people and accepts for
recycling various metals and electronics, according to its website.
The company said in a statement it was an extremely difficult day
with the loss of two friends and colleagues and it was cooperating
with local, state and federal authorities investigating the
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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families as we collectively
cope with this tragedy," the company said.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago, David Bailey in
Minneapolis and Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Jim Loney,
Grant McCool and Eric Walsh)
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