Scott Allen with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said federal workplace safety officials are headed to Independence to investigate the cause of the deadly explosion. The plant makes small-caliber ammunition. It also operates the North Atlantic Treaty Organization test center. The plant is located in Independence, just east of Kansas City. The plant consists of 408 buildings, 43 magazines, 9 warehouses, and 11 igloos across 3,935 acres of land. The plant has approximately 1,800 government and contractor employees.
Obital ATK Vice President and General Manager Jim Nichols said he was truly saddened by the incident:
“I’d just like to say we’re a family out here at Lake City, and today we lost a family member, and our hearts truly go out to the family of the member that we lost.” – Jim Nichols
This is a breaking story. The cause of the explosion is still unknown. We will update the story with more information as it becomes available.Source: Fox news