METROPOLIS, Ill. - Over the past few days, Local 6 has received several calls about a loud boom heard Sunday from the direction of the Honeywell plant in Metropolis, Illinois.
We wanted to bring you some answers about what caused that boom, so we did a little digging.
Here's what happened: Honeywell creates a compound called uranium hexafluoride. During that process, the hydrogen and fluorine separate. The fluorine stays in and the hydrogen is released.
If these two chemicals should ever recombine, a violent reaction occurs. In other words, an explosion.
To see the reaction to the incident from the union picketers and from a spokesperson for the plant, watch the video.