Waukegan silicone plant explosion investigation inconclusive, cause may never be known
It may never be, according to
"From a municipal standpoint, we're ruling out intentional causes," Lenzi said, adding that he is also confident that investigators have determined the point of origin of the explosion in the plant.
Lenzi said local investigators have been unable to pinpoint an exact cause.
Lenzi noted that the closest witnesses to the incident cannot be interviewed, unfortunately, because they did not survive the blast, or died soon after.
Killed in the explosion were workers
In addition to the
Lenzi said that while
Lenzi said the groups are required to share information and findings with each other, increasing the chances that something could break with the cause.
"But Unless something changes in the next week or so, our investigation will be very inconclusive," Lenzi said.
Due to the number of parties involved, it is unknown when the overall investigation will be concluded, but it will likely not be soon, Lenzi said.
"But our (part of the) investigation is all but completed," he said.
The explosion, heard for miles, happened about
The future of the business locally remains unclear. Although AB General Manager
In the same announcement,
Company officials responded to the suit saying they were "surprised and disappointed" by the state and county action because they have been cooperating with the cleanup effort.
The complaint, filed in
In addition, according to a summary of the complaint, chemicals and water used to fight the fire were allowed to seep into the storm sewers contaminating a wetland and
"We have fully cooperated with the Emergency On Scene Coordinator for the
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