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Plant explosion kills man

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) - Flying debris from an explosion at a
northern Illinois technology plant killed a man nearly a quarter of
a mile away.
Illinois Tollway spokeswoman Joelle McGinnis says the man died
Monday after being hit by debris. The victim was a customer at a
toll road oasis on Interstate 90, which has several restaurants and
a gasoline station. McGinnis says Illinois State Police are trying
to contact the man's family.
Police in Belvidere, Ill., say a gas line exploded Monday
afternoon at the NKD America plant, which makes synthetic crystals
for computers.
Residents of the community of about 20,000 reported hearing a
loud boom and feeling the ground shake as if there were a minor
earthquake. Belvidere is located about 70 miles northwest of
Chicago.


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