The incident took place at the I. Schumann & Co. copper alloy plant situated in the Oakwood Village suburb of Cleveland. 46-year-old Steven Mullins, who worked for the company for nearly three decades, was killed by the blast.
The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, but officials say they believe it will be traced to the building's foundry, where molten metals are held in kettles. Videos of the scene showed smoke billowing out of the fire that was visible for miles, as well as vehicles that were damaged from debris and fire. The state fire marshall's office has said that the blast does not seem to be related to a criminal act.
An individual who works across the street recounted what he saw: “We were just loading up a truck, getting ready to leave, and it was the loudest noise we ever heard,” said Jeff Huhn.
“Everything was shaking, things were falling off the shelves here. We looked out and saw a huge plume of smoke. About 40 feet down from the entrance, it blew up half the building. It blew debris and shrapnel, there were cars on fire. We just saw pandemonium after the explosion.”
There are growing concerns about the fact that the molten debris from the explosion is being carried by the wind across the same area that recently experienced a high-profile trail derailment that caused toxins to be released into the atmosphere.
In that incident, a Norfolk Southern freight train that was carrying cancer-causing chemicals derailed, sending toxic gas into the atmosphere and prompting authorities to burn the railcars' chemicals in what they termed a "controlled release burn" that would mitigate a potential explosion.
The primary chemical being emitted by the burn is vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen that has been linked to rare types of lung, brain and liver cancer. Burning this chemical emits the bioactive byproduct dioxin, which is hormonally toxic and expected to contaminate the food supply.
The train incident took place just a week after the residents of the town of East Palestine, Ohio, where the derailment occurred, were instructed to sign up for a MyID biometric tracking device that provides medical information to first responders.
While it may be just a coincidence that the town was distributing biometric monitoring devices in preparation for a potential major disaster just a week before one actually took place, many people are concerned about the timing of all these incidents, particularly in light of the fact that first responders had to sign non-disclosure agreements that bar them from talking about the derailment.
East Palestine resident Bob Moore told the Gateway Pundit: “The local major hospital institute has told all of their employees that they are forbidden to speak out about anything related to this toxic spill. They are not allowed to do interviews, they are not allowed to go on camera, write quotes or comment about anything going on.
“Experts from the local community have been told, ‘Do not speak, this is not your business. This is the business of the federal government, the state government, and the railroad company,” he added.
The concerns of people like Moore are certainly valid. Residents of East Palestine have been subjected to a dangerous train derailment that released toxic chemicals into their environment, and then found themselves in a metal factory explosion’s path of smoke debris – and they just so happen to have biometric ID trackers so the government can keep an eye on them.
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