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An explosion at an Army ammunition plant killed 1, injured 3


A Tuesday explosion at an ammunition plant near Kansas City, Miss., has left one person dead and three injured, the U.S Army said. The Army Joint Munitions Command said that the incident occurred at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence.

A spokeswoman offered no additional details, including what had caused the blast.

The sprawling plant, which covers nearly 4,000 acres, makes small-caliber ammunition and tests its reliability. It also functions as the NATO test center.

Deputy fire chief in Independence Mark Carrick said the plant has its own fire department that is working on the explosion.

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