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3:19 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Blast at US Steel plant near Detroit kills worker

ECORSE, Mich. (AP) -United States Steel Corp. says an explosion at a plant near Detroit has killed one worker, and operations have halted while an investigation begins. 

Steelmaking in the basic oxygen shop at the company's Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Credit United States Steel Corp. website

Company spokeswoman Courtney Boone said Sunday that the accident happened overnight at U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works in Ecorse. The plant is about 10 miles south-southwest of downtown Detroit.

Boone says there was an explosion at the plant's steel shop, which killed a remote control locomotive operator. She identifies him as 32-year-old Antonino Palazzolo and says he was with the company about two years.

She says two other workers sustained minor injuries.

Boone says the company has interrupted steelmaking operations at the plant and says there's no continuing danger at the site. She says U.S. Steel, the United Steelworkers union and regulatory agencies are investigating.