4 injured, 3 unaccounted for after explosion at IL silicone plant

4 injured, 3 unaccounted for after explosion at Illinois silicone plant: reports

A massive explosion in a silicon plant in northern IL sent at least four people to the hospital late Friday night.

"We are in the process of removing one of those two bodies", Lenzi told a news conference Sunday.

That brought the death toll to two in the blast at the AB Specialty Silicones plant in Waukegan, north of Chicago, with two other employees feared dead, according to reports.

Authorities recover a body at the site of a factory explosion near Chicago. Officials were searching for second-shift workers who may have been in the building during the blast, Waukegan police Cmdr.

The cause of the explosion has not been determined, Lenzi said.

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Residents throughout Lake County reported feeling and hearing the explosion and some even felt it from more than 10 miles away.

Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi says crews have suspended their search for three employees due to concerns about the stability of the structure.

Lenzi said earlier Saturday it was "not likely" that any of the missing workers survived. The four were taken to local hospitals, including two transported to Advocate Condell and two to Vista East.

Steve Lenzi, spokesman for the Waukegan Fire Department, said at the scene around midnight "there is very heavy damage" from "fire and structural damage indicative of an explosion".

He said everyone affected was an employee working at the time.

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The explosion damaged at least five other buildings in the area and damages are estimated to be at least $1,000,000, the fire department said.

Fire officials said that the air quality in the area is safe and there is no harm to residents. The state fire marshal is investigating, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of all involved in this horrific incident".

Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee, Ill., and Waukegan on Saturday, May 4, 2019. "This was a very large scale team effort", Lenzi said.

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