Injuries reported in flare plant explosion
Published: September 15,2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Several people were hurt yesterday in an explosion and flash fire at a Southwest Tennessee plant that makes flares for the military, authorities said.
The explosion at Kilgore Flares Co. was reported just before noon, said Cris Hill, a dispatcher at the Hardeman County sheriff’s office.
The number of injured wasn’t immediately known. Medical helicopters had arrived to airlift them.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt in Nashville said there was a flash fire at the plant but that local officials had not asked for state help responding to it.
An operator who answered the phone at the plant’s facility about 75 miles northeast of Memphis said the company couldn’t release any information.
The cause of the explosion wasn’t immediately known.
The company website says Kilgore supplies infrared decoy flares for the military. Such flares can be used as counter measures to heat-seeking missiles.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- UMMC reaching out after death of high school football player
- Former Godwin CEO Danny Mitchell dies at 66
- Northrop Grumman lands $354M Air Force contract for Global Hawks
- MDOT: Work on I-269 is on schedule, several phases at halfway point
- More school districts join MAEP lawsuit brought by Musgrove
- Thousands of acres of Delta farmland to go on auction block
- Court tosses challenge to Miss. Silicon’s clean air permit
- S&P: State in top 10 in U.S. in sales tax dependency
- Biloxi baseball project still alive but may be held for 2015