Though it didn’t get much ink for obvious reasons, a series of explosions ripped through Kinematics Research Ammunition plant last Wednesday afternoon in the tiny town of Oakland, Tennessee about 30 miles outside of Memphis. The blast killed one munitions employee and seriously injured a firefighter. Containing thousands of live high-powered pistol and rifle rounds and many tons of gunpowder, shots fired for hours after the initial explosion.
Ed Gaugh, emergency management director for Fayette County, reported that a 34-year-old Cliff Davis died in the blast and subsequent fire at the, which makes shells for pistols and rifles. There is still no word on what caused the fired.
Kinematics website has been converted into a memorial page for Mr. Davis, who they characterize as a devoted employee and friend. The sight also expresses the factories gratitude to the emergency service responders who did their best to help contain the devastation. Check out the video below for stunning footage of the explosions.