[Video] Explosion and Fire at RIO Ammo Plant Kills 1, Injures 3

April 17 2014
by GSL Staff
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One person was killed and three people were injured, one critically, during an explosion and subsequent fire at the RIA manufacturing plant in McEwen, TN.

The blast destroyed most of the building according to reports.

Two of the injured people are described as being in stable condition. One of the injured remains in critical condition. The deceased has been identified as Rodney Edwards.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

RIO is most known for their shotgun ammunition, which tends to be less expensive than shells from larger manufacturers. Here is some information from RIO’s website about the company,

With roots dating back to 1896, Rio’s parent company, MAXAM, is a leader in the explosive ordnance business, supplying civil, military and sporting markets with state of the art munitions. An international player in a modern day global market, MAXAM’s cutting edge technology has kept pace in an ever changing world, employing a workforce of 6,000 people across the globe – in a diverse variety of fields. MAXAM Outdoors, the sporting ammunition division, has manufacturing plants located in Spain, England, and Tennessee and for the last decade has collectively produced a staggering 500 Million shotshells annually.

Leveraging the strategic advantage of their in-house, vertical manufacturing environment, Rio uses components produced by parent company MAXAM, allowing a marked benefit in quality, consistency and variety translating into an economically priced, yet cutting-edge product line designed for today’s highly competitive market.

Keeping pace with customer demand with an eye toward emerging future trends, has positioned Rio as a top shelf player in the consumer and law enforcement ammunition arena. The fabrication of reloading components, directed at both the end- user reloader and the OEM markets, is just one more facet of Rio’s diversified business model that positions them favorably in an ultra-competitive marketplace.

Located in Tennessee, Rio’s North American plant assembles a wide range of hunting and target loads for the U.S. market. 12 gauge target loads ranging from 3/4 oz. to 1-1/8 oz. span a wide speed spectrum and sub-gauge target loads in 20 gauge, 28 gauge and .410 offer a shell for every application. Lead game loads, hard hitting steel waterfowl cartridges in speeds up to 1550 fps and a Law Enforcement line – including Lethal, Less Lethal, and Training/Duty applications. Well-informed hunters, target shooters, and law enforcement bureaus all look to Rio for their ammunition needs.

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