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Published: Tuesday, 7/28/2009

4 injured in blast at Ohio explosives plant

ASSOCIATED PRESS

McARTHUR, Ohio An explosion at a southeast Ohio explosives manufacturing plant has injured four workers.

Austin Powder Co. Executive Vice President Mike Gleason says the blast about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the plant near McArthur was in a building where workers make detonating cord used in commercial blasting.

Gleason says all four injured workers were conscious and were taken to hospitals.

The cause of the explosion and identities of the injured are not available.

Cleveland-based Austin Powder manufactures explosives for the mining and construction industries and performs blasting services. About 200 people work at the McArthur facility, which was built in the 1930s and has dozens of buildings.



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