1 killed, 4 injured in Army ammunition plant explosion

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One person died and four others were injured Tuesday in an explosion at a U.S. Army ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri, according to the Army's Joint Munitions Command.

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Officials said the explosion happened around 1 p.m. in a mixing building at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence.

One of the plant’s employees, who was not identified, died in the blast. Four employees were wounded. Authorities did not elaborate on the extent of their injuries.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion.

The plant manufactures small-caliber munitions and operates the North Atlantic Treaty Organization test center. Founded in 1941, the plant employs 29 people from the Army Civilian Service and one soldier, along with an unknown number of contractors.

The plant is on 3,935 acres of land about 20 miles east of Kansas City.

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