1 killed, 3 injured in explosion at McEwen ammo plant - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

1 killed, 3 injured in explosion at McEwen ammo plant

Rodney Edwards (Photo provided by family member) Rodney Edwards (Photo provided by family member)
McEWEN, TN (WSMV) -

One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion at a factory that makes ammunition near the Hickman-Humphreys county lines.

A spokesperson at Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed that employee Rodney Edwards died as a result of his injuries.

As of Thursday morning, two of the people injured in the explosion remain at the hospital. A man named Joey Clark is in critical condition and the other victim, who has not been identified at this time, is in stable condition.

The hospital says one male victim has been released from the hospital.

Fire departments from Hickman and Humphreys counties responded to Rio Ammunition, 5892 Highway 230 West after the explosion at about 3:45 p.m.

The explosion at the plant also caused a brush fire nearby.

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis said there were 20 people inside the building at the time of the explosion at the back of the building.

The blast happened in the packing area for shotgun ammunition, according to authorities.

According to the company's website, Rio's parent company, MAXAM, is a leader in the explosive ordnance business, supplying civil, military and sporting markets with state of the art munitions. An international player in a modern day global market, MAXAM's cutting edge technology has kept pace in an ever-changing world, employing a workforce of 6,000 people across the globe - in a diverse variety of fields. MAXAM Outdoors, the sporting ammunition division, has manufacturing plants located in Spain, England and Tennessee, and for the last decade has collectively produced a staggering 500 million shotshells annually.

The explosion is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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