One Dead in Missouri Ammunition Plant Explosion

INDEPENDENCE, Mo.-- One person died and four people were injured after an explosion at an Army contracted ammunition plant in Independence on Tuesday.



According to CBS affiliate KCTV5, the explosion occurred inside a mixing building Lake City Army Ammunition Plant around 1 p.m.. The four people injured refused treatment at the scene.

US Senator Roy Blunt tweeted about the explosion:





In March 2011, six people were injured at the same ammunition plant.

According to the US Army Joint Munitions Command, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant provides quality small-caliber munitions and operates the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) test center.  LCAAP was established in December 1940, with production beginning in 1941.

Lake City has a government staff of 29 Department of Army Civilians and one Soldier to provide contract oversight. The government staff has a payroll of 2.9 million.

LCAAP is housed on 3,935 acres with 408 buildings, 43 magazines, nine warehouses, 11 igloos and storage capacity of 707,000 square feet.

The ATF is now investigating the incident.



More information coming coon.

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