One dead, another injured following explosion at Neosho salvage - KOAM TV 7

One dead, another injured following explosion at Neosho salvage yard

NEOSHO, MISSOURI - An explosion at a Neosho salvage yard leaves one dead and another injured.

The explosion took place early this morning at USA Metal Recycling on private property, just south of Crowder College.

Authorities say it was caused by an explosive device found in a pile of empty military shell casings scheduled for recycling.

Officials say two men were the only people on site when the explosion occurred around 3:30 a.m.

20-year-old Cody Brisco, of Granby, MO, was found dead upon arrival, and 23-year-old Tyler Spencer, also of Granby, MO, was transported to the hospital, reportedly in stable condition.

Officials say Brisco and Spencer were handling empty aluminum shell casings when they discovered an explosive device, which they were examining when it detonated.

"Anytime you have either an explosion or a fire, your scene can be jeopardized just because of the amount of damage, so it takes some time to sift through everything and make sure you cover all your bases," said Mike Eads, Neosho fire chief.

Officials say there is minimal damage to the structure.

"There is no immediate threat to anybody outside this perimeter area," Eads said.

We reached out to the owners of the company, and were told they're declining to give any comment at this time.

Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were also on scene, and released the following statement earlier today.

"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."

An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday morning.

The owner of the company also owns the USA Metal Recycling location in Joplin, where a fire occurred on June 4.

The cause of that fire has been ruled as undetermined.
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