Debris and sparks were flying everywhere. There were no immediate reports of fatalities following the blast but four people have been taken to the hospital with unknown injured. Two at the scene did not need treatment. Three other people were still unaccounted for as of 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The Lake County Sheriff said in a tweet last night that the explosion was “ground shaking.” Power was knocked out to nearly 1,000 residents and windows were shattered across the area. Sand has been put out to stop hazardous material form the plant from getting into the already swollen river. The building of the plant has sustained 90 percent or more damage. Five other buildings nearby were also damaged. No evacuation order has been put in place.
The area after blast
Nearby roads are impassible until further notice due to concrete and metal debris in the roadway. Local police are investigating the explosion. Representatives from Illinois Environmental Protection Agency were also on the scene. Illinois state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, wrote on Facebook that employees of an unspecified business were inside the building at the time of the explosion. Video from social media shows the aftermath of the explosion and fire.