Cause Not Found for Deadly Waukegan Factory Explosion - NBC Chicago

Cause Not Found for Deadly Waukegan Factory Explosion

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    Victims of Waukegan Explosion Honored at Ceremony

    One week ago, a plant in suburban Waukegan exploded, killing four people. Friday, friends and family gathered in front of the charred remains of the buidling to share in their heartbreak and honor the victims. NBC 5's Regina Waldroup has the story.

    (Published Friday, May 10, 2019)

    Investigators haven't been able to determine what caused an explosion at a Chicago-area silicone factory that killed four workers in May.

    Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lanzi tells the Lake County News-Sun that he's confident investigators located the point of origin for the explosion at AB Specialty Silicones and are ruling out intentional causes.

    He says the investigation was hampered because the workers who might have known what happened were killed in the blast that destroyed the factory.

    Lanzi says federal agencies and insurance company investigators are continuing separate reviews.

    Sky5: A Look At Waukegan Industrial Plant Site Post Explosion

    Sky5: A Look At Waukegan Industrial Plant Site Post Explosion

    Sky5 was over the scene Saturday morning at a Waukegan industrial plant site where an explosion took place Friday night. Here's a look at the aftermath.

    (Published Saturday, May 4, 2019)

    Illinois and Lake County officials alleged in a June lawsuit that the explosion released an unknown amount of chemicals, causing air pollution and leaking into storm sewers, which polluted a wetland and Osprey Lake about a mile away.

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