CHICAGO (STMW) – A 19-year-old man was seriously injured Monday afternoon in an explosion at a North Side Edgewater neighborhood car wash.

A Level I HazMat response was called at a car wash at 5961 N. Ridge Ave. about 4:15 p.m. following “a small chemical explosion,” according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis.

According to unconfirmed reports, a 55-gallon drum of unknown material exploded.

The injured man was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital in serious to critical condition, Curtis said.

The scene was secured about 5:15 p.m., he said.

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