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One person dead and one injured from an explosion in Neosho, Missouri;

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USA Metal Recycling in Neosho, Missouri USA Metal Recycling in Neosho, Missouri
NEOSHO, MISSOURI -

Statement from City of Neosho:

An explosion early Monday morning at USA Metal Recycling, in Neosho, was determined to have been caused by an explosive device included in a pile of empty military shell casings scheduled for recycling.

The incident occurred at 3:28 a.m. Monday at USA Metal Recycling, 467 Austin Ave., when two employees, Cody Brisco, 20, Granby, and Tyler Spencer, 23, Granby were handling empty aluminum shell casings when they discovered what turned out to be explosive device, though they were not aware of its nature. They were handling the device when it exploded.

Brisco was pronounced dead on the scene. Spencer was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries. As of mid-Monday afternoon he was in stable condition.

The facility sustained minimal damage. After an investigation it was determined that there was no danger to outlying areas.

Investigating the scene were representatives from the Missouri Fire Marshal's Office, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Also investigating is the Occupational Health and Safety Administration because it is considered a workplace accident.

The scene has been transferred back to the private property owner.

There is no additional information at this time. The incident is still under investigation, pending the results of the autopsy, scheduled for Tuesday.

For more information, please call Neosho Fire Chief Mike Eads at 417-451-8021.

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Statement from OSHA:  

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Kansas City, Missouri Area Office has opened an investigation into an explosion that occurred this morning, June 15, around 3:30 a.m., at USA Metals, 467 Austin Ave., Neosho, Missouri. There is one confirmed dead and one injured. The injured employee is expected to recover.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the fatality victim. We also want to express our concern for the survivor,” said Barb Theriot, OSHA Area Director in Kansas City. “At this point, we don't know what caused the explosion, but we will be conducting a thorough investigation into the cause, and preventive ways to avoid this from happening again.”

The facility at Neosho employees approximately 8-10 people. Two people work on a shift, sorting metals by alloy. The company has four other facilities in Arkansas. Overall, their total employment is around 90.

Recycling is a multi-step process that falls into several categories which includes confined space, fire/explosion hazards, hazardous chemicals, etc.. As a result, both the Kansas City Area Office, OSHA and the St. Louis Area Office, OSHA initiated separate Local Emphasis Programs to address the recycling industries.

To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint or report amputations, losses of an eye, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Kansas City Area Office at 816-483-9531.

For more information on the OSHA investigative process see: http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/factsheet-inspections.pdf 

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  USA Metal Recycling in Neosho, Missouri had an explosion this morning that killed one person and injured another. There is small damage to the building and no danger to the area.

The State Fire Marshal's Office, ATF, and the Department of Defense are on site. 

    

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