Explosion at Lorain plant injures ten workers

LORAIN, Ohio - A plant explosion in Lorain injured 10 workers on Monday afternoon, Action News' Wendy Gillette reported.

The explosion happened at approximately 2:45 p.m. at the Republic Engineered Products plant.

According to fire officials, 10 workers were injured and had to be taken to nearby hospitals, including one worker who had to be transported by Life Flight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for injuries more serious than the minor burns suffered by the others.

There's no word yet on the exact cause of the explosion, but a Lorain Fire Department official told Action News that workers were cutting sections of metal near a blast furnace door when the explosion occurred.

Republic Engineered Products is an Akron-based company, and the plant in question was formally owned by the now-bankrupt Republic Technologies.

Action News attempted to contact a representative from Republic Engineered Products headquarters, but all calls went unanswered.

Officials from the Lorain Fire Department said only that a gas likely triggered the blast and that an investigation is ongoing.