1 killed in explosion at ammunition plant in Tenn.

OAKLAND, Tenn. (AP) – One worker has been killed in an explosion at an ammunition plant in western Tennessee.

Ed Gaugh, emergency management director for Fayette County, said a 34-year-old male employee died in the blast and subsequent fire Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses said debris shot into the air during several explosions spanning a half-hour at the Kinematics Research plant in Oakland, which makes shells for handguns and rifles.

Gaugh said company officials reported five people were in the plant at the time around 1:45 p.m.

Gaugh said the fire was controlled some 90 minutes later.

The cause remained unclear.

The company, which has been in business since 1992, makes new and remanufactured ammunition for firearms.

The company's phone line was busy Wednesday afternoon.

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