Fire At Tennessee Flare Plant Still Burning; Six Injured - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

Fire At Tennessee Flare Plant Still Burning; Six Injured

Posted: Updated:
Image Taken Following 2001 Explosion At Kilgore Plant Image Taken Following 2001 Explosion At Kilgore Plant

TOONE, Tenn. (AP) - A fire is still burning after an explosion that officials say injured six people at a Tennessee plant that makes flares for military aircraft.

Hardeman County Sheriff John Doolen said firefighters at Kilgore Flares Co. in Toone are staying back and letting the fire burn itself out because of the danger there could be another explosion.

Smoke continued to rise from the plant about 75 miles northeast of Memphis long after the explosion happened shortly before noon Tuesday.

Authorities haven't said what caused it but they have ruled out terrorism.

A Memphis hospital said three people were brought there in critical condition and a smaller hospital in Bolivar reported three people there in good condition.

The company website said Kilgore supplies infrared decoy flares to counter the threat of guided missiles.

A worker at the Kilgore plant was killed during a flash fire and explosion in April 2001.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.