An explosion Monday morning rocked a metal scrap yard in Chicago that has been a source of ongoing controversy in the community. No injuries were reported.
Shortly after 9 a.m. an explosion occurred “within our metal shredding process,” General Iron Industries reported via Twitter.
“Shredding has ceased at this time,” the statement reads. “We are investigating all possibilities, including potential sabotage.”
Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins reported on his Twitter page that a “HazMat Level 1 explosion” had occurred at General Iron with a sudden increase in pollution readings in surrounding neighborhoods.
Hopkins said witnesses saw a fireball and a mushroom cloud of smoke rising from the facility.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, General Iron has agreed to move its operations to a southeast Chicago site by the end of the year. Hopkins has pushed for the closure due to pollution.