Explosion At Ammunition Plant Kills One, Injures Three Others

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Courtesy WSMV

McEwen, TN (WSMV) — One person has died and three others have been injured after an explosion at a company that creates ammunition products near the Hickman-Humphreys county lines.

A Vanderbilt University Medical Center said the hospital received four victims with injuries consistent with an explosion.

One man died after arriving at the hospital. Another man remains in critical condition, while the conditions of a third man and a woman are now stable.

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

Authorities said the blast happened in the packing area for shotgun ammunition.

The ATF has agents heading to the scene to determine the cause of the explosion.

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.


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