First on Ultratec plant ordered to cease and desist production

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OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT) – The fireworks plant that encountered a deadly explosion last month has had their production halted, WHNT News 19 was first to break to the story.

Two people were killed and four others were hurt in an explosion at the factory February 6. Since then, agencies have been investigating what caused the incident.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tell WHNT News 19 that the Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a cease and desist order for part of the plant. ATF agents went on to say that only the parts of the plant with possible violations were placed under the order.

During the order, ATF’s Industry Operations Section is continuing to look at any of the violations or issues as it relates to the fatal incident that has others still recovering with serious burns. 

Family members of one of the victims say that all of the production employees were laid off Tuesday evening after ATF agents, fire marshals, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agents visited the plant. Some employees, office staff, and management are still working, however.

ATF agents say the main goal is to make the company safe and provide a safe environment for the community.

Due to the deadly nature of the incident, they first wanted to focus on possible criminal action. While that is never fully ruled out, agents are shifting their focus to proactive and regulatory procedures at Ultratec.

Click here to read the full cease and desist order.