A Tennessee manufacturing plant explosion that occurred during the morning Feb. 22 killed an employee. The fatal accident occurred at a factory that manufactures decoy flares for military use. The man who was killed had suffered burns to more than 90 percent of his body. He died during the evening of Feb. 24 as a result of his injuries.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration are both investigating the explosion. While the ATF expects to be able to determine the cause of the incident fairly quickly, Tennessee OSHA investigators expect to take six to eight weeks to conclude their investigation. OSHA officials will take statements from witnesses, analyze prior accidents that have occurred at the plant, and examine the training and safety protocols used by the facility.