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UPDATE: Saukville foundry incident caused by catastrophic machine failure, not explosion

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SAUKVILLE (WKOW) -- Officials now say it was not an explosion, but a catastrophic machine failure that caused injuries to seven workers at a Saukville foundry.

A Saukville police sergeant said early Tuesday morning the cause of the machine failure at the Johnson Brass & Machine Foundry Monday is still under investigation, but was not criminal. Authorities initially said an explosion caused molten metal to be thrown around the room.

Four of the seven workers hurt were taken to the burn unit at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. Three others were also treated at area hospitals.

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SAUKVILLE (WKOW) -- At least seven workers were hurt at an explosion at a Saukville foundry.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports it happened around PM Monday afternoon at Johnson Brass & Machine Foundry while workers were pouring molten brass into a cast.

Seven workers were knocked from a platform.

Two were taken by helicopter to the burn center at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital.

Another was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's burn center and the remaining four were taken by ambulances to area hospitals for treatment.

No word on the severity of their injuries.

Saukville Fire Chief Gilly Schultz says the explosion started a fire inside the foundry and the building was evacuated.

State fire officials will investigate the cause of the explosion.


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