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2 suffer minor injuries in W.Va. blast

May. 24, 2010 @ 11:40 PM

ROCKET CENTER, W.Va. (AP) — A spokesman for the defense contractor that operates a Navy-owned ballistics laboratory in West Virginia says two employees received minor injuries in an explosion.

Alliance Techsystems spokesman Brian Grace said the cause of Monday afternoon’s explosion at the Alleghany Ballistics Laboratory is under investigation. He said the two injured workers were expected to be released from a Cumberland, Md., hospital Monday night.

Grace said nobody works in the building where the explosion occurred. The injured workers were in a nearby building.

Fire and rescue crews from a broad area responded. Grant County resident John Lutz said he could see the smoke from his home 30 miles away.

Alliance Techsystems produces explosives and rocket propellants for the Department of Defense at the plant, which employs about 1,400.



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