The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Explosion at Chicago Water Reclamation Plant

Sep 3, 2018

An explosion destroyed a water treatment building on Chicago’s far south side early last Thursday morning. Ten water district workers were trapped in the wreckage. Miraculously, no one died. One worker was trapped under collapsed pipes and suffered a severely injured leg – it took firefighters two hours to dig him out.

Residents in the neighborhood complained of strong methane smells for the entire week before the explosion. The city obviously did not move quickly enough – now these workers have paid with their bodies.

Just the latest example of how the society lets vital infrastructure rot – with deadly consequences.