NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal investigators on Friday were comparing witness statements and examining the scene of a deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant to determine what caused the blast and fire that killed one worker and injured three others.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is expected to announce the results of its investigation on Saturday. The blast happened Wednesday at the Rio Ammunition plant about 55 miles west of Nashville. An investigative team from the bureau began searching for the cause Friday morning.
“We do not have any indication of a criminal or a terrorist act with this event,” ATF spokesman Michael Knight said.
A worker at the plant, Rodney Edwards, was killed. Three other workers were injured. Explosion survivor Sheila Edwards was released from the hospital and survivor Joey Clark was upgraded to stable condition, Vanderbilt University Medical Center officials said Friday.
Rio Ammunition has begun its own internal investigation to see what happened. A news release from parent company Maxam said the Tennessee plant produced shotgun cartridges, and the blast occurred during the company’s cartridge loading operations. The company said it complies with all safety regulations.
The explosion occurred on a compound site that is home to several businesses that make explosives or ammunition. The compound straddles the line between Hickman and Humphreys counties and is located in a rural area.
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