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Fireworks plant explosion injures employee

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A fireworks manufacturer employee from Lockwood, Mont. sustained injuries after an explosion took place at the facility resulting from a small fire. 

The Billings Gazette reported a fire, which resulted in at least two explosions, broke out at the Evolution Pyrotechnics Manufacturing facility located at 7788 Highway 3 North just south of Acton, Mont.

An employee at Evolution Pyrotechnics, Alvin Mong​ of Lockwood, suffered burns to his neck, face and right arm as a result of the fire. He was sent to the University of Utah Healthcare Burn Center in Salt Lake City where he is expected to make a full recovery, according to his wife, Joanna Mong. 

"My husband is a very smart and safe man, and that's why he was able to escape with his life," Mong said.

It was unclear if the factory was outfitted with a fire suppression system. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but it currently under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Still, local officials claimed the fire started as a result of pyrotechnic ingredients being mixed improperly. Joanna Mong, the wife of the injured employee, claimed that static electricity had caused the fire. 

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