No one was injured Tuesday in a “small explosion” at the west coating
facility at ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor plant, the company said.
The incident occurred in the morning, during the lighting of a pilot at the
reheat furnace, an ArcelorMittal spokesperson told the Chesterton Tribune
“The reheat furnace, which was undergoing a planned maintenance outage,
sustained damage,” the spokesperson said. “There was no fire but internal
emergency services responded in accordance with protocol. The area has been
cleared and energy sources have been shut down.”
“There is no immediate impact on customers,” the spokesperson added. “All
other plant operations are running as normal.”
ArcelorMittal and the United Steelworkers are conducting a joint
investigation of the incident.