1 injured in explosion at Nevada plastics plant

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Posted: Sep 24, 2014 4:01 PM

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.

Capt. John Gately of Mesquite Fire and Rescue says the person was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp. in Mesquite. The person's condition and gender were not immediately known.

Gately says the "flash explosion" apparently stemmed from an electrical breaker failure, but it did not cause a full-fledged fire.

Plant manager Steve Cramer says the situation is under investigation and plant officials will do everything necessary to ensure the safety of their employees.

Mesquite is about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, near the Arizona and Utah borders.