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Wednesday
Apr162014

Explosion at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills One, Seriously Injures Three Others

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(MCEWEN, Tenn.) -- One person is dead and three other people have been seriously injured in a fiery explosion Wednesday at a Tennessee ammunition plant.

Now under control, according to officials, the fire destroyed Rio Ammunition in McEwen, Tenn. The plant is owned by the adjacent explosives manufacturer Accurate Energetic Systems.

"At this time we've got the fire extinguished in the building itself -- still smoldering but under control," Odell Poyner, Humphrey County director of Emergency Management, said Wednesday. "Firefighters are still putting on some water."

The plant explosion set off a small brush fire at the rural location of the structures, but Odell said firefighters were nearly finished controlling it.

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