Steel plant explosion in Ohio injures at least 14

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At least 14 people were injured Monday in an explosion at a steel plant outside Cleveland. The explosion sent a shower of molten metal debris over the surrounding area. The blast site is 70 miles east of Palestine, where a train loaded with toxic chemicals derailed this month. Something is loading.

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An explosion that ripped through an Ohio metallurgical plant on Monday afternoon injured at least 14 people. The blast happened just 15 miles outside of Cleveland and 70 miles from the village of East Palestine, where a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed earlier this month.

The explosion at the I. Schumann & Co. factory in Bedford, Ohio happened around 2:15 p.m. Monday, according to a local report.

Thirteen people were taken to hospital, mostly for burns, according to , and one is in critical condition. One was pulled from the rubble.

The Oakwood Village Fire and Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Northeast Ohio Fire Departments were called to the scene of the explosion at the Bedford plant, reported.

Witnesses told a large plume of smoke was seen billowing from the building and the explosion caused molten metal debris to rain down on the surrounding area.

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I. Schumann & Co. has been manufacturing bronze and brass alloys since 1917, according to its website.

The owner of a nearby business told he heard a loud explosion, followed by the sound of large amounts of debris hitting his roof.

Another witness near the factory said he saw plumes of black smoke, fire and a brick wall “fading away” from the explosion.

Bedford, Ohio is about 70 miles northwest of the village of East Palestine, where earlier this month a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed, sparking a fire that blanketed the town of a cloud of black smoke.

More than two weeks after the Norfolk Southern freight train derailed on February 3, residents of eastern Palestine are beginning to report various ailments, including rashes, nausea and difficulty breathing, according to CNN.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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