One killed in Jones County explosion

Pine Belt

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An employee at a recycling facility in Mississippi was killed and another escaped injury Wednesday after an explosion, authorities said.

The blast happened about 8:50 a.m. at Jarrell Recycling, Jones County authorities said. Sheriff Joe Berlin said two workers were taking a break after cutting iron in the iron pile.

“Witnesses stated that a loud explosion happened … and when the explosion happened, the guy went down and another male sitting with him got blown across the roof,” Berlin said.

Jones County investigators, along with federal and state agents, believe the blast was caused by a round of military ordnance from an unknown source. They said it’s not known how or when the ordnance made its way to the recycling yard.

The victim has been identified as James Keyes, 35, of Laurel. His cause of death was major lower extremity body trauma, said Jones County Deputy Coroner Ernest Hollingsworth.

“When it exploded, shrapnel is going to fly all kinds of ways,” Hollingsworth said.

The Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene investigating the explosion.

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