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One injured in explosion

PRINCETON — One person was injured Wednesday morning following an explosion at the Bureau County Highway Department.

Princeton Fire Chief John Petrakis said his department was dispatched at 8:50 a.m. with the report of an explosion, including one individual with injuries.

When the fire department and ambulance arrived, there was no sign of fire, smoke or any chemical hazard.

Petrakis said the injured employee, whose name has not been released, was working in the shop area. He apparently was using some type of cutting tool to remove the top of a 55-gallon steel drum. Petrakis said the drum was empty, but at one time it had held hydraulic oil.

The employee was transported to Perry Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Petrakis said his department was on the scene for about 20 minutes. Princeton Police assisted with scene control.

Superintendent of Highways John Gross said he could not comment on the incident at this time, but that there were no life-threatening injuries.

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