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Three killed in incidents at US metal plants

26 August 2014

Police said a blast at Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City, Illinois, which killed two people and injured at least one more, was caused by a mortar round. The company recycles items including computers and cars and, according to its website, also deals with the ammunition industry and the military. More than 160 people work at the Granite City plant.

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A bomb squad was sent to the scene to assist an explosive ordnance disposal unit from Scott Air Force Base to ensure there were no other explosive or dangerous devices on the site. Also on the scene were agents from the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This incident follows an earlier fatal blast at another US metal processing company on August 21. An explosion at the Madden Bolt Galvanizing Corporation on the northwest side of Houston, Texas killed one worker. Police said an explosion caused a large piece of metal to fall on top of the employee.

In 2013 a worker was killed when he was run over by a forklift at the plant. OSHA investigators have been sent to the site following the blast.

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