One killed, three injured in explosion at U.S. Army plant in Missouri | Reuters

One person was killed and three were injured and taken to a local hospital on Tuesday following an explosion at a U.S. Army ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri, a spokeswoman for the Joint Munitions Command said.

The Army said no further information was immediately available at a building at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, which has a government staff of 29 civilians and one soldier.

According to the Joint Munitions Command, the facility, which opened in 1940, makes small-caliber munitions and operates as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization test centre.

Independence, Missouri, is about 10 miles east of Kansas City. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and Leslie Adler)

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Updated Date: Apr 12, 2017 02:45:06 IST

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