Army reports 1 dead, 3 injured in ammunition plant explosion

Army reports 1 dead, 3 injured in ammunition plant explosion
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One person is dead and three others are injured Tuesday after an explosion at an ammunition plant in Missouri, the U.S. Army told The Associated Press.

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The Army Joint Munitions Command said it happened at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, the AP reported.

A spokeswoman told the wire service no further information was immediately available.

The 77-year-old plant sits on nearly 4,000 acres. The Army-run plant makes small-caliber ammunition and tests its reliability. It also operates the NATO test center. It has a governmental staff payroll of $2.9 million.

An explosion Tuesday at a sprawling ammunition plant near Kansas City, Missouri, killed one person and injured three others, the U.S. Army said.

Mark Carrick, deputy fire chief in Independence, told the AP that the plant has its own fire brigade that is working on the explosion.