Kilgore Flares Explosion Injured Workers. A powerful explosion at the Kilgore Flares Co. facility in Tennessee the afternoon of September 14, 2010 set off a fire that injured at least six workers. It is not yet known what caused the Kilgore Flares explosion and flares, though terrorism was ruled out early on.
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Kilgore Flares Explosion and Fire
The ‘Kilgore Flares’ explosion and fire occurred around noon local time. The facility, which is located about 75 miles northeast of Memphis, supplies the military with red decoy flares to counter the threat of guided missiles. Chemring North America, the owner of Kilgore Flares, said the fire started in one of the assembly facilities and it appeared isolated to one building. The chief financial officer of Kilgore Flares told the Associated Press that the incident was a “flash fire,” but would not say how that was different from an explosion.
Because of the material involved in the blaze, fire crews were not able to fight the fire. They had no choice but to let it burn itself out. Officials also could not rule out the possibility of another explosion occurring. An investigation into the incident was put off until the fire was out.
Two women and one man were taken to Regional Medical Center at Memphis, where they were listed in critical condition. Three others were taken to West Tennessee Health Care in Bolivar and listed in good condition.
As a result of the fire, a nearby elementary school was locked down. Several hundred Kilgore Flare employees were sent home.
The September 2010 explosion and fire was not the first disturbing incident to occur at Kilgore Flares. In 2001, another explosion and fire at the same facility killed one worker. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the company paid $200,000 in penalties for workplace safety violations following that incident.
In 1999, a ‘Kilgore Flares’ employee suffered burns over 80 percent of his body and later died after material ignited and sparked multiple explosions. According to the Associated Press, records indicated that the building had not been cleaned of residual material that posed a fire hazard.
Finally, two employees died in 1993 after pellets of the material used in making flares caught fire.