PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – Seven people were hurt in a steel mill explosion in Pueblo Saturday night. Pueblo firefighters rushed to the site of the Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel Plant on South Fwy Road at around 5:15 p.m.
David Light, the Vice President of Operations tells CBS4 water was somehow “introduced” into an electric arc furnace which created a “mild explosion.” The seven victims suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries like bruises and dust inhalation. They were sent to Parkview Medical Center.READ MORE: Littleton Police Officer Recovering After Being Shot, Suspects Remain At Large
However, the assistant fire chief with the Pueblo Fire Department tells KKTV three people were “critically” injured in the explosion. One of those victims was taken to a burn unit in Denver. They are expected to survive.READ MORE: Hispanic Neighborhoods In Denver Metro Area With High COVID Hospitalizations Consistently Have Poorer Air Quality
Further details about the victims or situation were not released.MORE NEWS: CDOT Hosts Career Fairs, Looking For Workers Interested In Maintaining Colorado Highways
The plant is not operational as the investigation continues, but officials say it is secure.