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3 people injured in explosion at Arkansas plant, sheriff's office says

by Rachel Herzog, Ryan Tarinelli | September 26, 2017 at 5:55 p.m. | Updated September 27, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

An explosion injured three people at an Arkansas manufacturing plant Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The Clark County sheriff's office said it was called to Alcoa Inc.'s facility at 500 E. Reynolds Road in Arkadelphia about 3:15 p.m.

Melody Daniel, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, said two of the victims were airlifted, and an ambulance took the third to a hospital. The building caught fire after the explosion, she said.

"The fire was extinguished relatively quickly,” she said.

There was work being done on a gas line before the explosion, but it was unclear if it was a gas-related explosion, Daniel said.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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