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Blast at Tennessee plant kills 1, injures 3

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An explosion and fire at a property in Tennessee where several ammunition and explosives businesses are based has killed one person and left three injured.

Police and fire dispatchers said rescue workers were called Wednesday afternoon to a blast at a plant in McEwen, about 55 miles west of Nashville.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Michael Knight says the property where the plant is based is home to several businesses that have federal licenses for ammunition or explosives. Knight said it was unclear which plant was involved, and he said agents were still trying to determine exactly what happened.

Odell Poyner is director of the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency. He says authorities received reports that about 20 employees were in the building at the time of the explosion, which blew out two of the walls and a large portion of the roof.

Firefighters from both Humphreys and Hickman counties battled the blaze at the plant, located in a rural area right near the line dividing the counties. Poyner said the fire ignited several brush fires in a nearby forested area. He said all fires had been extinguished by Wednesday night.

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