On July 16, ArcelorMittal USA exploded at a plant in Burns Harbor, Indiana. According to the Metallurgical Technologies Association, the explosion was at blast furnace D, which has an annual capacity of 2.48 million tons. ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor is located about 40 miles southeast of Chicago along Lake Michigan.
An ArcelorMittal spokesman confirmed the incident, which was caused by a furnace dome malfunction and the furnace was safely shut down. According to the spokesman, no one was injured, and the cause of this event is under investigation. The steelmaker stated that he is “setting a timeline for repairs and the company does not expect any impact on our ability to meet customer needs.”
At the end of April, a steelmaker removed the one-of-a-kind blast furnace for maintenance, but it still appears to be out of service, given the market conditions resulting from the disruption in demand for the coronavirus.