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Explosives Plant Blast Kills One

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An explosion and fire at a property in Tennessee where several ammunition and explosives plants are based has killed one person and left three injured.

Police and fire dispatchers said rescue workers were called Wednesday afternoon to a blast in McEwen, about 55 miles west of Nashville. Firefighters were sent to Accurate Energetic Systems, a business whose website identifies it as a manufacturer of explosive materials for the defense and aerospace industries.

But authorities say the explosion and fire may actually have happened at a different plant on the site. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Michael Knight says the property is home to several businesses that have federal licenses for ammunition or explosives.

Knight said agents were still trying to determine what happened at the site.


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