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Judge: Arsenal Explosion Case To Move Forward In Circuit Court

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – New details about a lawsuit over a deadly explosion on Redstone Arsenal that happened May 5, 2010.

Defendants have been trying to get the case dismissed, saying the Madison County Court could not hear the case because the incident happened on federal land.  Thursday, a Madison County judge said no.

Circuit Court Judge Jim Smith denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case.  He also denied a motion to put the case on hold, while the defendants appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court to have it thrown out.

This means the case will stay in Madison County Circuit Court, and the parties can move forward with the lawsuit.

The widows of the two men who died, Jerry Grimes of Hartselle and James Hawke of Hazel Green, are suing several companies, including those that manufactured and sold the centrifuge that exploded.