- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

BELTON, S.C. (AP) - A worker has died after an explosion near Belton.

Officials said the explosion occurred around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mike’s Sodablasting and Sandblasting company.

Investigators said it appears the explosion was sparked when a generator caught fire and killed 47-year-old Mike Cowart, who was sandblasting an automobile body behind the building.

He was pronounced dead at an Anderson hospital.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said Cowart inhaled a fatal amount of carbon monoxide through the mask/air supply connected to the generator.

Firefighters from four stations responded to the fire.

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