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UPDATE: One Person Confirmed Dead in Marion Explosion

MARION, Ind. (AP) – Authorities say a chemical explosion at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana has left one person dead and five others injured.

Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold says a coroner has confirmed the death in Tuesday's explosion. The victim's name wasn't immediately released.

Police say five other people were being treated at a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen says “the situation is contained” and “everybody has been evacuated” from the plant in Marion, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Assistant Fire Chief Greg Yeakle tells the Marion Chronicle-Tribune that chlorine dioxide was involved in the explosion.

GM spokesman Bill Grotz says an investigation is underway.

The plant employs about 1,600 workers. It provides blanks, stampings and sheet metal assembly for vehicles to GM assembly plants.

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