Employees at Granite City recycling plant allowed to return Wednesday

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Posted on August 25, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 10:32 PM

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GRANITE, CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Officials at Totall Metal Recycling said that workers will be allowed back inside the plant Wednesday.

Grief counselors will be on site for employees when they return. The Granite City Police and the ATF are conducting separate investigations.

 

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Authorities continued to investigate the source of live ammunition that killed two people at a Granite City recycling plant Monday. 

Experts from federal agencies including OSHA are working together to find how the ammunition got into the plant. A priority has been placed to use special equipment to remove any other possible explosive sources from the Totall Metal Recycling plant on Missouri Avenue in Granite City.

OSHA said it is too soon to know the exact details.

Also Tuesday, the Illinois Security of State Police Bomb Squad and the Scott Air Force EOD Division removed their equipment from the scene.  The investigation into the cause of the explosion continues with the Granite City Police Department covering the death investigation and the Fairview Heights office of ATF handling the blast investigation.

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Two people were killed at a Granite City recycling plant Monday morning.

Emergency crews were called to Totall Metal Recycling in the 2700 block of Missouri Avenue before 7 a.m. Authorities speculate live ammunition rounds went off, killing two people.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office said they sent their bomb squad to assist with the investigation.

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According to their website, Totall Metal Recycling employees over 160 people throughout six departments.

The company released the following statement Monday afternoon: This is an extremely difficult day for our entire TOTALL Metal Recycling family following the loss of two of our friends and colleagues this morning.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the families as we collectively cope with this tragedy. We are committed to providing each employee and his or her family with counseling resources during this difficult time.   We are in full cooperation with local, state and federal authorities during their investigation of this most unfortunate incident.  Again, we extend our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those lost today.

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