Explosion at Wisconsin recycling plant

Occurred in a giant steel scrap pile, no injuries reported.

June 2, 2016   by ASSOCIATED PRESS

MADISON, Wis. — The manager of a Wisconsin recycling company says there are no reports of injuries following an explosion at a Madison plant.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that All Metals Recycling manager A.J. Vedvig said the explosion June 1 happened in a scrap steel pile.

Vedvig says the scrap steel pile stands about three stories tall and contains between 20 to 30 semitrailer loads of material.

The recycling plant is about 2 miles south of the state capitol.

The city’s fire department posted on Twitter that it was responding to multiple calls of an explosion shortly after 4 p.m.

Photos from the scene showed billowing black smoke and flames shooting into the air. Police and fire officials urged residents to avoid the area.

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