More than a dozen people were injured, at least one critically, in an industrial plant explosion outside Cleveland on Monday, NBC affiliate WKYC of Cleveland reported.
The late-morning blast at the I Schumann & Co. metal alloy manufacturer in Oakwood Village southeast of Cleveland was described by a captain with the Oakwood Fire Department as a “large explosion.”
The official said at least one person was flown by helicopter to a hospital. The subsequent fire was under control Monday afternoon, but crews were still working on hot spots, the captain said.
The blast sent debris across the street, produced a crater in a building, and created a smoke plume that could be seen for miles, according to social media video reviewed by NBC News and as seen in affiliate footage from the scene.
All employees at the plant have been accounted for, the Oakwood fire official said. I Schumann & Co. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
WKYC noted that the plant was the location of a blast in 2006.
Ava Kelley, Maya Brown, Nadine Comerford and Ali Gostanian contributed.