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Worker dies after May 7 blast at Eufaula plant

June 11, 2013

EUFAULA (AP) — Officials say a worker who was injured in a May 7 explosion at a sandblasting plant has died.

A spokeswoman for Alexander Burn Center at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa says 40-year-old Donald Hamilton Jr. died Sunday from injuries suffered in the blast.

Hamilton and another worker were burned in the explosion at the Ford Sandblasting plant near Eufaula. Plant owner Mike Ford tells the Tulsa World that the blast and subsequent fire were caused by a "flash explosion."

Ford says the plant employed five people and they don't yet know whether it will reopen.

Officials say the second worker, Michael Cox, is in good condition.

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