Explosion sparks blaze at weapons factory

EAST CAMDEN, AR Aerojet spokesman Glenn Mahone says a rocket motor exploded Wednesday afternoon at the company's plant in East Camden.

Renee Preslar, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Emergency Management, says fire crews are battling a blaze at the 1,200-acre compound. She says one worker is unaccounted for and that there have been no reported injuries.

Aerojet employs 500 people at the plant. The company says about 450 people would have been working when the explosion occurred about 3:15 p.m.

Aerojet, a GenCorp. Inc. company, is based in Sacramento, Calif.

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