Statesville, NC -- An explosion at a materials plant in Statesville was felt as far away as six miles, according to a report from CBS-affiliate WBTV.
Firefighters said a machine malfunctioned at the 3-A Composite plant near I-40. They were called to the plant for a fire alarm call shortly before midnight Tuesday, but they received calls about the explosion while they were en route.
Flames were extinguished by the automatic sprinklers by the time fire crews arrived.
One employee was mildly injured, but refused treatment. Firefighters were amazed nobody was killed, according to WBTV.
The building suffered significant damage and firefighters told WBTV it could take up to nine months to repair the plant. They estimated the explosion cost about $3 million in damage.