1 dead, 3 injured in McEwen plant explosion

1 dead, 3 injured in McEwen plant explosion

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MCEWEN (WKRN) - One person is dead and three others are injured after an explosion at a McEwen plant Wednesday afternoon.

It happened before 4 p.m. at the Rio Ammunition plant on Highway 230 West in McEwen, about 55 miles west of Nashville.

Authorities said the explosion occurred in a packing area of the facility, where shotgun ammunition is primarily made, and blew out the back of the plant's building.

Brush fires were burning in the area immediately following the explosion.

Two LifeFlight helicopters responded to the location. Officials said one man remains in critical condition, while another man and woman were last listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Rodney Edwards died at the hospital.

The plant is situated next to Accurate Energetic Systems in Hickman County, near the Humphreys County line.

State bomb investigators and the ATF also responded to the scene.

Authorities on the scene said it will take several days to process the scene.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

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