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1 dead, 1 injured in chemical explosion near ChicagoCHICAGO — A chemical explosion at W.R. Meadows Inc. in Hampshire Friday morning left one person dead and another critically injured, Hampshire Fire Protection District Chief Trevor Herrmann said. The incident occurred about 10:45 a.m. when the two employees were cleaning a tank inside one of the buildings, Herrmann said. It’s not yet known what type of chemicals were involved or what might have triggered the accident, he said. W.R. Meadows manufactures asphalt and concrete products for building construction, he said. The person killed has not…

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