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ATF concludes no crime involved in fatal explosion at Lake City ammunition plant

One killed, four injured in blast at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

An explosion at the Lake Army Ammunition Plant in Independence reportedly killed one person and injured four others. OSHA fined the company for workplace safety issues in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
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An explosion at the Lake Army Ammunition Plant in Independence reportedly killed one person and injured four others. OSHA fined the company for workplace safety issues in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Federal investigators have determined that the explosion that killed a worker Tuesday at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant was a “noncriminal, accidental incident.”

The exact cause of the explosion at the plant in Independence remains under investigation, according to a news release from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The explosion in a primer manufacturing building killed 55-year-old Lawrence Bass of Blue Springs and injured four others.

The ATF said Friday that the on-site investigation has been completed.

A final determination of the cause will be released to the United States Army, Joint Munitions Command when ATF has completed all phases of the investigation, according to the statement.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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