The Dallas Morning News

Explosion kills worker at ammunition plant


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An explosion Tuesday at a sprawling ammunition plant near Kansas City, Mo., killed one worker and injured four others, the U.S. Army said.

The blast at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independen­ce, just east of Kansas City, occurred in a building where chemicals are mixed, Army officials said. The building has been secured and rendered safe, they said, allowing investigat­ors to begin looking into what caused the explosion.

Other explosions have occurred at the plant, including a 1990 blast that killed one worker and a 1981 explosion that severely burned a worker who later died, according to records. In 2011, six people were injured in a blast there. The plant has been fined for workplace safety issues at least three times.

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