Full Video: Explosion at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plant
Reportedly an explosion at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plant has occurred. Thursday, A huge explosion was captured on video early morning.
The company’s media spokesperson could not immediately provide details on the incident.
The Burns Harbor Fire and EMS and Porter Fire Department were on the scene. Emergency agencies were called in to assist ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor’s internal fire department with fire elimination at the steel million on Lake Michigan, Burns Harbor Fire Chief William Arney reported.
“There were no injuries,” Arney said. “Everybody was accounted for and made it out safely. Fire is out and all fire units are back in service. The cause of the fire/explosion is still under investigation.”
Indiana, an explosion at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor sparked a fire and caused destruction to equipment near a blast furnace, officials said.
Photos of the explosion consequence show fire crews working to extinguish the flame, as well as wrapped metal damaged by the blast and rubble covering the ground nearby.
Videos of the fire & explosion at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plant
The explosion occurred less than a year after a cyanide spill at the plant killed fish in the area and forced the closing of state beaches.
What caused the fire?
In a statement, Steers said the fire was caused by a stove dome failure, and the furnace was safely taken offline.
“There was a water and molten iron reaction at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor resulting in a fire and damage to Indiana Harbor 4 Steel Producing,” ArcelorMittal spokesperson William Steers said.
“Thankfully, there were no injuries as a result of the incident and the company appreciates the hard work from the first responders that helped secure the site.”
“We are thankful there are no injuries as a result of the incident. We are creating a timeline for repairs and the company does not anticipate any impact on our ability to meet customer demand,” Steers stated.
“Explosion rocked the whole power station,” a steelworker off-camera is heard in the video. “This has been going on for five minutes now.”
“One of the biggest bombs in Northwest Indiana, folks,” another eyewitness steelworker stated.
A video showed the explosion at Blast Furnace D showered the mill with the shrapnel of big chunks of burning hot white refractory, the interior lining that shields the blast furnace shell from the super-heated temperatures within during the steelmaking process, implying that massive damage happened.