Security added to razed Ill. chemical plant

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Illiopolis (AP) - A chemical company is adding security to the site of a former manufacturing plant in central Illinois after a series of scrap metal thefts.

Most of the Formosa Plastics plant was razed this summer, but an 8,000-square-foot building remains.

The property was the site of a 2004 explosion that killed five workers.

Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that deputies were called to the Illiopolis site more than 30 times in 2011. After that, a security team was hired, but was let go after most of the property was razed.

But thieves started striking again, even using a forklift and a chain to get away with about $5,000 worth of copper.

The explosions destroyed several buildings at the plant and a fire burned for hours.

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