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6 Injured In Explosion At Knoxville Steel Mill

6 Injured In Explosion At Knoxville Steel Mill

CREATED May 16, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion at a Knoxville steel mill that injured six workers.

Nearby residents said Thursday night's blast could be heard from blocks away.

Officials with Gerdau Ameristeel Mill said one worker is being treated at a regional burn center. The company said in a statement that five others workers have been treated and released from a local hospital.

The names of the victims have not been released. Officials with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they are still investigating the cause of the explosion.

Gerdau Ameristeel said it is working with authorities to determine the cause and is committed to worker safety.

The company uses an electric arc furnace to turn scrap metal into steel.

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