Blast Rocks Industrial Area Near Downtown Milwaukee

Blast Rocks Industrial Area Near Downtown Milwaukee 

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An explosion rocked the industrial Menomonee Valley near downtown Milwaukee Wednesday morning, injuring about 30 people, a fire official said. The explosion ignited a fire at a Falk Corp. warehouse near the Potawatomi casino and about a half mile from the Miller Brewing Co., fire Lt. Brian O’Connor said. Falk makes large industrial gears.It’s not yet known what caused the explosion, which could be felt at the firehouse about a mile and a half from the explosion, O’Connor said.“We just heard the explosion and could feel the vibration,” he said.

The explosion destroyed Falk’s wood frame warehouse and numerous cars and damaged several other buildings in the complex, O’Connor said. The fire spread through rubble covering several blocks.

O’Connor said the injured people were being taken to numerous hospitals.

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