The explosion occurred yesterday afternoon at the Marion Metal Center, a metal stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, located approximately 42 miles from Fort Wayne. According to the Chronicle-Tribune, a 48-year-old GM contract employee named James L. Gibson was killed in the plant explosion.
The AP reports that the explosion is believed to have been caused by a chemical reaction between chlorine and bromide. At least two plant employees were reportedly hosed down or washed in emergency showers when firefighters reached the scene, before being taken away in ambulances. A total of four employees were injured. GM reportedly said the scene was under control and that the explosion was small.
The 2.7 million square-foot Marion Metal Center currently employs more than 1600 people and produces stamped metal parts for a wide range of GM vehicles. The plant was originally opened in 1956 as a Fisher Body facility, but was eventually converted to a GM facility.