Silicone Plant Explosion Kills 2, Injures 3

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Waukegan, IL – A massive explosion at a silicone chemicals plant rocked the neighborhood Friday night, killing 2 employees, injuring 3 more, while two are still unaccounted for.

The explosion happened at AB Specialty Silicones, Sunset avenue, Waukegan, about 40 miles north of Chicago, 

Waukegan Fire Marshal, Steven Lenzi said authorities weren’t able to continue any further recovery efforts until they brought in equipment to dismantle the “heavy unsafe structural remains.”

The source of the explosion is unknown, but the blast is said to have been felt as far as Wisconsin, more than 100 miles away.

The fire has been extinguished, and hazardous materials technicians and other teams were on the scene Saturday, according to Lenzi.

The search for the two people who remain missing among the rubble continues.

Damage is estimated at $1 million.