Two people killed in Illinois recycling plant explosion: reports

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:57 AM

(Reuters) - Two people have been killed following an explosion on Monday at a southern Illinois metal recycling plant, according to local media, citing police.

A bomb squad is on the scene at Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City, about 15 miles northwest of St. Louis, and authorities speculate that live ammunition rounds went off, according to the KMOV television station in St. Louis.

Totall Metal Recycling employs more than 160 people and accepts for recycling various metals and electronics, according to its website.

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Granite City police were not immediately available for comment, but a representative confirmed that officers were at the scene.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Jim Loney)