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Workers injured at Saukville foundry

SAUKVILLE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Police in Saukville now blame a catastrophic machine failure for injuries to seven employees at a foundry. Authorities first said an explosion occurred just after 4pm yesterday at the Johnson Brass-and-Machine Foundry -- and it caused molten metal to be tossed around.

Officials said the workers were pouring molten brass into a cast when the machine failure occurred. Saukville Police told the A-P early today that an explosion has been ruled out, the cause remains under investigation, and foul play is not suspected.

At last word, four of the seven workers had been sent to the burn unit of a hospital -- and three others were treated at medical facilities. Saukville Fire Chief Gilly Schultz said the molten brass was being poured into a rapidly-spinning centrifuge, heating the brass to 21-hundred degrees. Johnson Brass is a fourth-generation, family-owned company located near downtown Saukville in Ozaukee County.