Two injured in gas leak explosion at Great Lakes Works in Ecorse

Ecorse — Two people were hurt after a gas leak sparked an explosion at the U.S. Steel Corp. facility in Ecorse, officials said Wednesday.

The explosion was contained to one building, Narda Bruno, public safety director for the city of Ecorse, told The Detroit News.

The Pittsburgh-based company confirmed that both people hurt were employees. The incident was in the main plant boiler at Great Lakes Works.

"At this point, there do not appear to be any life-threatening injuries," Amanda Malkowski, spokeswoman for the company, said in an email Wednesday morning. "We are currently assessing the situation and will provide updates as they become available. We thank the local fire crews for their assistance."

Bruno confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the people hurt both had minor injuries and had already been released from the hospital.

Ecorse Deputy Police Chief Jerry Flowers said teams are trying to turn off the valve that supplies natural gas to the part of the plant where the explosion occurred. Day-to-day operations are continuing at the facility in the meantime, Bruno said. 

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