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One dead, two missing after 'catastrophic' plant explosion in IL

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An explosion at a manufacturing plant in Waukegan Ill. late Friday Twitter/@TimG58 An explosion at a manufacturing plant in Waukegan Ill. late Friday
Patty Aguilar | 05 May, 2019, 00:29

Authorities have recovered the body of one person and said two others who are missing are feared dead after an overnight explosion and fire at an IL silicone plant.

The blast happened at a silicone plant around 9:30 p.m. local time in Waukegan, about 40 miles north of Chicago, police said.

Waukegan fire marshal Steven Lenzi says the body was recovered Saturday morning.

Four people were hospitalized Friday night.

CNN reported that the fire had been extinguished, and hazardous materials technicians and other teams were on the scene and searching for three employees who remained unaccounted for.

However by 11:30am, officials confirmed that the bodies of two other employees who were previously reported missing had been recovered.

According to CNN, the search for the other two missing people has been suspended due to risky conditions and concerns about structural stability.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown. "It shook our house and shook my insides".

The explosion was heard and felt across the county, which is halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Wis.

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Nine employees were inside the plant when the explosion occurred.

They have asked residents living nearby to avoid the area.

Lenzi said that there have been no major injuries to any emergency personnel.

"What was that massive explosion?"

'Many neighboring properties are going to have damage, ' he said.

"Fire, police, and paramedic personnel are working diligently at this scene", the Lake County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

The agency urged people to "please stay out of the area and let the first-responders work".

Authorities said the explosion damaged 90 percent of the plant, causing severe structural damage that is estimated to cost more than $1 million.

He added they have no concerns about air contamination or quality and insisted there's no need to seek immediate shelter. "We have had no instances as far as code violations or anything like that with the plant".

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