Army reports 1 dead, 3 injured in ammunition plant explosion

Since 2000, ATK has produced more than 17 billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition at Lake City to support USA and allied warfighters around the globe.

"The four injured employees were evaluated on scene and refused further treating", Barati said in an email.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has called in chemists and other explosive experts from around the country to try to figure out what went wrong.

The plant provides small-caliber munitions and operates the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's test center.

INDEPENDENCE, MO (AP) The U.S. Army says an explosion at an ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri, has left one person dead and three others injured.

OSHA fined the plant for workplace safety issues that year and also in 2008 and 2012. The explosion was in a primer mixing cell.

The 77-year-old plant sits on almost 4,000 acres.

The private contractor operating the plant in 2011 was initially charged $28,000 for safety issues, and paid $5,600 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which cited "serious" problems with the handling of potentially unsafe chemicals.

The property has more than 400 buildings and nine warehouses, and has a storage capacity of more than 700,000 square feet. It sits on 3,935 acres in Independence.

Orbital ATK has received orders worth $92 million from the US Army to manufacture small-calibre ammunition, the company announced on 10 April.

A spokesperson told the AP that no more information was immediately available.

In March 2011, six people were injured at the same ammunition plant, KCTV reports. Government staff there include 29 Army civilians and for-contract oversight.

  • Lila Blake