Waukegan, IL Plastics Factory Blast, Aug 1984


Waukegan -- Two persons were injured Sunday afternoon in an explosion at a plastics factory. The fire following the explosion at the American Polystyrene Corporation sent black smoke into the sky for several hours and firefighters said it was expected to burn through the night. The blaze was brought under control by eight area fire departments. Toxic fumes were released by the explosion and residents were warned to stay indoors and keep their windows shut Sunday. Authorities said the federal Environmental Protection Agency would have investigators on the scene today to determine if the fumes from the fire are a health hazard. About 2 million pounds of pellets used in the manufacture of Styrofoam were burned in the fire, authorities said. One firefighter was hospitalized in fair condition for heat exhaustion and a plant worker was treated and released, authorities said.

Daily Herald Chicago Illinois 1984-08-27