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Kilgore Flare Plant To Partially Reopen On Monday

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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A manufacturing facility that makes flares for the U.S. military is set to partially reopen Monday after three workers were severely burned in an explosion there.

The Jackson Sun reported Kilgore Flares Co. in Toone will resume operations in sections of the plant that don't use processes that may have caused Tuesday's fire, said company President Christopher Watt.

Three employees were burned on at least half their bodies. They were still hospitalized in Memphis.

Kilgore officials say the three put together magnesium and Teflon coated parts, caps and other pieces for countermeasure decoy flares used to protect Air Force F16s from heat-seeking missiles.

Kilgore officials do not know what caused the fire, and Watt called it a "freak" accident.

Watt said the decision to close the plant was his.

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