Body Recovered From 'Ground Shaking' Explosion In Waukegan, 2 Still Missing

Body Recovered From 'Ground Shaking' Explosion In Waukegan, 2 Still Missing

An explosion at the AB Specialty Silicones plant in Waukegan, north of Chicago, has left at least two people dead. Joe Florip, a Waukegan police spokesman said in a CNN report.

A second person has died as a result of injuries suffered from an explosion at an IL factory.

Two more workers who were inside the plant are still missing, and are feared dead.

Three other employees were injured in the explosion, the cause of which remains under investigation.

She also said a supervisor tried to warn people to get out of the building before the explosion.

Waukegan's fire marshal, Steven Lenzi, says at least three people are missing, with rescuers sifting through the rubble at the Lake County factory to see if they can find other victims, per NBC News.

Meanwhile, the search for the other two missing workers was suspended due to intense structural damage. He says the company is focusing on offering support to company employees and their families. Others in the area posted photos and video of the blast online and described it as a "sonic boom".

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"The conditions are really rough in there", Lenzi said. Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate.

Lenzi said 90 percent of the main building was destroyed and there was damage, estimated at $1 million, to five buildings on the property. AB Specialty Silicones said in a press release earlier this year that it expanded its corporate campus in Waukegan to four buildings with more than 240,000 square feet (22,297 square meters) housing headquarters, manufacturing, research and development and warehouses.

Fire officials said that the air quality in the area is safe and there is no harm to residents.

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

Nancy Carreno, who lives near the plant, told The Chicago Tribune the explosion didn't break any windows but it was loud.

"Our cable TV flickered and the electricity, and then it came back on".

Emergency crews from 30 agencies spanning Lake, Cook and Kenosha counties responded to the scene.