UPDATE: One Dead in Explosion on Grounds Of Rocky Mountain Steel Mill

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

There's been an explosion on the grounds of Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel Mill in Pueblo. Pueblo County Coroner James Kramer reports it was Ignacio Rendon-Cornelio, 30, of Mexico.

Rendon-Cornelio was not an employee of Western Metals, but an out-of-state contract laborer working from Rectec LLC. from Hammond, LA.

"My thoughts go out to the man's family, if he had children or a wife, my thoughts and prayers are with them," said Albert Granillo, who lives across the street from the steel mill.

Authorities said Rendon-Cornelio was in the middle of a welding project on a pressurized tank when that work sparked a deadly explosion.

"It makes you stop to think how fragile life can be," Granillo said.

The address of the steel mill, that used to be called the CF&I steel mill, is 1612 E. Abriendo Avenue in Pueblo. The explosion happened at a company that leases land from the steel mill called Western Metals Recycling.

There are no other injuries and there is no threat to the public.

A witness says she heard a large gunshot or boom when the explosion happened. She works at a store near the mill and says she never saw any smoke after the explosion.


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  • by mary Location: pueblo on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:48 PM
    Tina and family, Im so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless.
  • by mom on Apr 21, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    i say if stuff like this happens accident or not that facility should be shut down aperantly the company or the employees are not paying the attention needed for this type of work.seems like lack of team work!!!
  • by mom on Apr 21, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    i say if stuff like this happens accident or not that facility should be shut down aperantly the company or the employees are not paying the attention needed for this type of work.seems like lack of team work!!!
  • by none Location: no where on Apr 21, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    it seems there are a few people that are responsible for this one it should have been looked over before unloading if nothing was seen then the crane man should have caught it when he or she was unloding the truck then when the crane was putting down more scrap they should have seen what ever exploded on this poor kid it went through three diffrent people befor it ended up at the end of this mans torch and no one caught it. now a man has lost his life. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Why hadnt this load been inspected correctly before a man would start cutting on an explosive item..Thank god more people were not hurt as well!!
  • by Resident Location: Pueblo County on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are so very sorry for your loss.
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