In Granite City, an explosion at a recycling plant killed two people and injured another after a mortar shell detonated at the scene early Monday morning.
Police Major Jeff Connor told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the bodies of the two deceased victims were still at the recycling plant two hours after the Granite City explosion. Authorities could not approach the bodies for fear of additional explosions. "We can't even approach the victims," he said.
A Scott Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit arrived at the scene of the Granite City explosion at some point after 10 a.m., reported FOX2now. An Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) investigator also arrived at the scene of the deadly blast.
The person who was injured in the terrifying explosion was transported to a local hospital. The victim's identity has not been released to the public, and his or her injuries have not been disclosed. However, reports indicate that the injured person was conscious and able to speak with rescuers.
The scene of the Granite City explosion was the TOTALL Metal Recycling plant, which is located at 2700 Missouri Avenue, Granite City, Ill. 62040. The company employs more than 160 people over six departments.
According to the company's website, "TOTALL Metal Recycling, Inc. (TMR) is committed to meeting or exceeding the needs and expectations of our customers by providing the highest quality recycled product. We are committed to on-time delivery, customer satisfaction and continual improvement." "Ammunition" is listed as one of the "industry segments" that the company serves.
Few details have been released about the Granite City explosion. The story is still developing at this hour.