UPDATE: Police: Southern Illinois Plant Explosion Kills 2

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) -- Police say bomb experts are combing the site of an explosion in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis.

Granite City Police Maj. Jeff Connor tells The Associated Press there is no fire at the Totall Metal Recycling plant where two people died in an explosion Monday.

Connor says the bodies have been recovered. Initially, authorities could not enter the area for fear of another explosion.

He says the site remains secured while technicians continue to search for other explosives.

The Illinois Secretary of State's office says it sent a bomb squad to the scene to assist an explosive ordnance disposal team from Scott Air Force Base.

A website says the company recycles items including computers and automobiles and also deals with the ammunition industry.

Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion at a recycling plant in southern Illinois.

Granite City police tell television stations KMOV and KTVI that the bomb squad has been sent to the Totall Metal Recycling plant. They say that officials fear more explosions, perhaps from live ammunition rounds.

No more details have been released about the deaths. More than 160 people work at the plant, according to the company website.

The website says the company recycles everything from computers to automobiles. It also indicates that the company deals with the ammunition industry.

Messages left by The Associated Press with the police and fire departments were not immediately returned.

Granite City is about 8 miles northeast of St. Louis.

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