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Explosion reported at ArcelorMittal Riverdale
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Explosion reported at ArcelorMittal Riverdale

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RIVERDALE | An explosion rattled ArcelorMittal Riverdale Thursday night.

The blast took place at a contractor's slag processing facility at the compact strip mill, which produces hot-rolled coil products.

Area residents said on social media that they heard a loud sonic boom.

No one was injured, a company spokesman said. The local police and fire departments responded as a precaution.

"A joint investigation by ArcelorMittal and the contractor is underway to determine the cause of the incident, which had no impact on the facility’s operations," the spokesman said.

About 295 employees work at the hot-rolled sheet plant in Illinois, which sprawls over 114 acres. ArcelorMittal Riverdale has a basic oxygen furnace, a tunnel furnace, a caster and a ladle-metallurgy facility.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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