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Large fire after reported explosion at St. Paul recycling facility

One person told BMTN that she heard and felt the explosion from 5 miles away.
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2 P.M. UPDATE

St. Paul Fire Department says "firefighters were dispatched at 1127hrs to a fire on the 2500 block of Doswell Ave. Crews are working to extinguish the fire in a large debris pile, preventing it from extending to any structures."

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Smoke is billowing in the St. Paul skyline just before the noon hour Tuesday after an apparent explosion. 

Lindsay Egge tells Bring Me The News that she was at 520 Lafayette Rd. in St. Paul and estimated she was approximately five miles away when she heard and felt the explosion. 

"Very loud. Me and coworkers also felt it vibrate in our chests," Egge told BMTN. 

MnDOT traffic cameras in the area of Hwy. 280 and Energy Park Dr. show a massive cloud of thick, black smoke coming from near the railroad tracks, though what's on fire isn't entirely clear. 

Early reports suggest that Metro Metals Recycling is on fire. The recycling plant is just west of Hwy. 280 and north of I-94 at 2576 Doswel Ave. The business is home to scrap vehicles and scrap metals. 

In February, a fire at Northern Metals Recycling in Becker lasted for days. 

This is a developing story. 

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