The blast occurred around 9:30 p.m. Friday at AB Specialty Silicones, a manufacturer of specialty silicone chemicals in Waukegan, about 40 miles north of Chicago, Cmdr. Joe Florip told NBC Chicago. One man, 29-year-old Allen Stevens died Saturday in the hospital's burn unit.
Initially, one body was found at the explosion site.
Lenzi said it's unlikely the missing workers survived.
The cause of the explosion has not been determined, Lenzi said.
An explosion at a manufacturing plant in Waukegan, Ill., late Friday, May 3, 2019, injured at least four people.
According to CNN, the search for the other two missing people has been suspended due to unsafe conditions and concerns about structural stability.
Two people have been confirmed dead after an explosion at a Chicago chemical plant on Friday night.
Four people were transported to local hospitals.
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He said everyone affected was an employee working at the time. Details about the other employees' conditions were not immediately available. Two others were seen but requested no treatment. Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate. The first body was located Saturday morning and search efforts continue for the third body, Cooper said.
Lenzi said 90 percent of the main building was destroyed and there was damage, estimated at $1 million, to five buildings on the property.
The fire department said that they do not believe there is cause for concern about air quality or need for a shelter-in-place order, according to Local State Representative Joyce Mason.
"The explosion was a big boom and the ground shook", Nancy Carreno, who lives near the plant, told the Lake County News-Sun.
Residents throughout Lake County reported feeling and hearing the explosion and some even felt it from more than 10 miles away.
"It was leveled. It's right across from the emission testing station", she said, in reference to a state of IL facility.
Over 100 firefighters responded to the blast from at least 30 different fire departments, Lenzi said.