Two people have died and nine are missing after an explosion at a chocolate factory in Illinois. 

The blast occurred on Friday evening and was followed by a fire that took hours to extinguish. 

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but it is believed to have originated in the factory's mixing room. 

The factory was closed at the time of the incident, which occurred during a scheduled maintenance shutdown. 

The company has expressed its condolences to the families of the deceased and is working with authorities to locate the missing workers. 

The local community has been shaken by the incident and is coming together to offer support to those affected. 

The chocolate factory is a well-known employer in the area, and many residents have expressed concern for the safety of the workers. 

The incident is a tragic reminder of the dangers that can be present in industrial workplaces, and highlights the importance of safety regulations and procedures. 

As the investigation continues, the focus remains on finding the missing workers and providing support to those impacted by this terrible event.