Large explosion at aluminum plant in New Madrid County

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MARSTON, Mo. (AP) - An explosion has rocked a southeast Missouri aluminum plant, leaving some workers with non-critical injuries.

No one was killed in Tuesday's explosion. The explosion and fire around 12:30 p.m. sent a large plume of smoke above the Noranda Aluminum plant near the town of Marston in New Madrid County, about 170 miles south of St. Louis.

Noranda spokesman John Parker says some people suffered what appeared to be non-critical burns and smoke inhalation.

Parker says one person was taken away by ambulance. That worker suffered from smoke inhalation and has since been released from medical care. Other workers were treated at the scene.

Parker called the blast a molten metal explosion in the cast house of the plant. He says about 20 people were working in the area.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that plant is 170 miles south of St. Louis, instead of 140 miles.

 

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