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One killed, four injured in explosion at Missouri ammunition plant

13 April 2017

One person was killed and at least three others were injured after an explosion at a military ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri, a US Army spokeswoman said. The site of the explosion, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, is a NATO test centre and is the US military’s main supplier of practice rounds.

Image: Orbital ATK
Image: Orbital ATK

In a statement to the media, Army Joint Munitions Command said the explosion “occurred inside a mixing building.”

Managed by aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK, the Lake City plant makes four types of ammunition. In the ten years of operation, ATK has delivered 10 billion rounds of ammunition to the US Army.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has summoned its national explosive response team to help local investigators determine what caused the explosion. The plant was closed following the incident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for workplace safety issues in 2008, 2011 and 2012, according to the Kansas City Star.

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