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An Explosion at an Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri Killed 1 Person

An Explosion at an Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri Killed 1 Person

The Army did not say how long Bass worked at the plant or in what capacity. An updated statement from the Army Joint Munitions Command confirmed four employees were injured and refused further treatment after being evaluated on the scene. It also operates the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation test center. It is the USA military's single largest small arms ammunition plant, and has been run by Orbital ATK under a government contract since April of 2001. "This is a sacrifice they make to support our country, and I am humbled by the ultimate sacrifice this employee made today".

The plant's own fire brigade responded to the explosion.

Four others were also injured in the explosion, which occurred in the primer mixing cell.

Orbital-ATK on Monday received a almost $100 million contract from the Army to produce 5.56mm and 7.62mm ammo for the service.

About 30 government employees work at the plant, including 29 civilians and one soldier, according to the email.

The authorities have not yet clarified as to the cause of the explosion, the Sputnik quoted media reports as saying. It sits on 3,935 acres in Independence, just east of Kansas City.

The facility was closed for the remainder of Tuesday, and employees were told to check with managers before returning to work on Wednesday.

According to the Kansas City Star, previous explosions in December 1990 and March 1981 killed and injured workers at Lake City.

Federal investigators fined the plant for workplace safety issues in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

The largest penalty Alliant paid was $5,600 in 2011, after OSHA cited it for "serious" issues with process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals.

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