Neighbors angry about magnesium explosion at scrap yard - KCTV5

Neighbors angry about magnesium explosion at scrap yard

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Neighbors remained angry after a tractor-trailer hauling magnesium exploded as the cleanup continued Monday.

Residents who live near the scrap yard say they are worried that something even worse could happen.

Lykin neighborhood residents have taken steps to improve the area, including starting a community garden and an after-school program for children. 

Neighborhood association president Jason Fields has long been worried about scrap metal and storage yards in the neighborhood near 12th Street and Jackson Avenue.

"It's out of place," Fields said. "This scrap yard in a residential neighborhood is unique."

He said magnesium had no place in a residential area. Fields wants the business to be forced to relocate to a more traditional industrial area. 

"What's it going to take? Somebody to die before something is done about this?" he asked.

The cause of Friday night's explosion remains under investigation. The load was not marked as it should have been.

The owner of the storage yard did not respond to KCTV5's messages.

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