Blast at Oxford Ammo Factory Injures Seven

OXFORD, MS (Ben Caxton) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion at a chemical and ammunition plant in Oxford. An internal explosion Tuesday afternoon sent smoke through the Olin Winchester plant, although neighbors and drivers in the area were not affected and Hazmat was not called to the scene. The Missouri-based company makes rifle and pistol ammunition as well as military ammunition packaging. Seven employees were treated for minor injuries. The plant was cited by the Department of Labor in July after inspectors recorded serious violations resulting in fines of almost $27,000. Since 2013 the company has had six violations, of which three were deemed serious by OSHA including one accident in which an employee lost a finger while operating a machine.

 


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