Fireworks Plant Blast Kills 1, Injures 2

Sunday, June 22, 2014 @ 04:06 PM gHale

An explosion at Washington state fireworks plant killed a 74-year-old man and injured two others as workers were loading shells onto a truck headed to a show, officials said.

The blast destroyed a nearly 400-square-foot cloth-walled area and part of a large truck, just before 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, a Thurston County dispatcher said.

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Tenino-based Entertainment Fireworks, which according to its website, produces professional fireworks shows and is the largest fireworks company based in Washington State.

The company, located south of Seattle, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The cause of the explosion ahead of the busy Fourth of July holiday was not immediately known, the dispatcher said.

The blast was under investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the state Department of Labor and Industries.

The two injured ended up transported to area hospitals, the dispatcher said.

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