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Explosion at Omega Protein Plant Kills Worker in Mississippi

MOSS POINT, Mississippi - A worker was killed and three others were injured in an explosion Monday at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast. Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified the dead worker as Jerry Lee Taylor II, 25, of Mobile, Alabama. The three injured men were taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula where two were treated for minor injuries and one underwent surgery and was listed in fair condition. The fiancée of one of the injured men said welding was taking place at the time of the explosion. In 2012, a 24-year-old Omega Protein worker was killed in an accident that federal investigators have since said was avoidable and in May 2011, three men were killed aboard an Omega Protein fishing boat which collided with a container ship in the Gulfport ship channel.

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- The Associated Press