October 31, 2013

Woman killed in blast at Georgia manufacturing plant

Associated Press

ROCKMART — Authorities are investigating a deadly explosion at a manufacturing plant in the northwest Georgia town of Rockmart.

Polk County Coroner Lester Litesey III told The Associated Press that 56-year-old Elaine Davidson of Rockmart died in the blast.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday at the Meggitt Polymers and Composites plant about 45 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Litesey said the explosion involved a boiler, and there were no other deaths or injuries associated with the incident.

Glenn Allen, a spokesman for Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, says a state investigator was at the scene.

A document from Hudgens’ office shows that the boiler involved passed an inspection on Oct. 2, 2010. That clearance was good until Nov. 1, 2014.

The office has released no other details.