Four hospitalized after Waukegan chemical plant explosion

The search for victims has been suspended after a large explosion in Waukegan was heard and felt all over Lake County Friday night.

The Lake County Sheriff reports the explosion came from the AB Specialty Silicones plant in the area near Sunset Avenue and Northwestern Avenue in Waukegan. The sheriff is asking people to stay away from the area, but no evacuation order has been put in place as of 10:45 p.m.

According to the City of Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi, the explosion happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Four people have been taken to the hospital with unknown injured. Two other at the scene did not need treatment.

After talking to plant personnel, officials say they determined there were nine people inside the building at the time of the explosion, three are still unaccounted for as of 8:00 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say they suspended the search for the missing workers due to structural instability and chemical concerns and will now focusing on search and recovery.

The names of the three missing individuals have not been released at this time.

Video from social media shows the aftermath of the explosion and fire. Many of the initial reports of the incident came from Gurnee, where residents said they heard the explosion and felt their homes shake.

The aftermath of the explosion also clearly shows smoke and fire. People across Lake County reported hearing and feeling the blast.

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