Plant Explosion in Georgia

MANCHESTER, Ga. (AP) _ Authorities are evacuating the area around a metals plant in Manchester in west Georgia after an explosion.

The Manchester Police Department says the explosion at G and S Metals off Georgia 85 happened about 8:30 a.m.

Lieutenant Richard Dunn says reports so far indicate at least three people have been injured. He does NOT know the extent of the injuries.

An official helping answer telephone calls at the police department says authorities are calling in help from fire departments in the area.

The human resources manager at the plant's parent company in Wabash, Indiana, Ken Rauch, says he and other executives are flying to the plant. He declined further comment.

Manchester, near Warm Springs, is about 60 miles south of Atlanta.

The executive director of the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce, Carolyn McKinley, says the plant had 25 employees last year but has continued to grow. She does NOT know how many people are employed there now.

McKinley says the plant buys, sells, processes and converts aluminum scrap. The material is used for auto wheels and brake parts.

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