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

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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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