No injuries in ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor explosion

2012-06-05T18:00:00Z 2012-06-05T20:29:04Z No injuries in ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor explosionBy Bowdeya Tweh, (219) 933-3316

EAST CHICAGO | There was a small explosion Tuesday morning at the coating facility on the west side of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor plant, but no one suffered any serious injuries, a company spokeswoman said.

Spokeswoman Mary Beth Holdford said in a statement Tuesday the event occurred during the lighting of a pilot at a steel slab reheat furnace.

The furnace, which sustained damage, was undergoing a planned maintenance outage. There was no fire, but the company's emergency services responded to the situation, Holdford said.

The incident is not expected to have any immediate impact on customers, and other plant operations are running as scheduled, Holdford said.

However, the company and United Steelworkers are investigating the incident.

East Chicago Assistant Fire Chief Nick Dvorscak said Tuesday the city's Fire Department received a call about the explosion, but the plant's Fire Department canceled the call and external emergency service providers did not visit the scene.

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