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Families of 3 men killed in Starved Rock explosion file lawsuit, saying construction companies left behind an explosive after bridge demolition

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Attorneys for the families of two brothers, Inmer Rivera Tejada, 39, and Rafael Rivera Tejada, 36, and their nephew Guillermo Rivera Tejada, 26, who died in an explosion along a bank of the Illinois River next to Starved Rock State Park on May 6, 2021, filed three wrongful death lawsuits against construction companies. The complaint claims that the companies left behind an explosive rod from a bridge demolition that occurred earlier in the year. The men found the rod and used it to prop up a cast iron pan, which the complaint says exploded after being heated by their campfire. One of the men captured the rod in a video call that he made minutes before the explosion. (Tejada family photo/Tejada family photo)

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