The explosion happened Wednesday afternoon at the Rio
Ammunition plant in McEwen, Tennessee, about 56 miles west of
Nashville, said Odell Poyner, Humphreys County director of
All four people were transported to Vanderbilt University
Medical Center in Nashville with blast injuries, two by
helicopter, hospital spokesman Craig Boerner said.
One man died at the medical center and a second man was listed
in critical condition, Boerner said. Two other patients, a man
and a woman, were listed as stable, he said.
Poyner said there were 10 or 12 workers in the building at the
time of the explosion and all were now accounted for.
The fire in the building was smoldering, but appeared to be out
and crews were continuing to pour water on it, Poyner said.
Crews also appeared close to getting brush fires ignited by the
blast under control, he said.
(Reporting by Tim Ghianni in Nashville;
writing by David Bailey;
editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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