Police: One person dead in explosion in Kalamazoo

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (FOX 17/AP) - One person is dead after an explosion Tuesday afternoon at a pallet company in Kalamazoo.

The incident happened at Holland Pallet Repair on Factory Street in Kalamazoo at about 3:20 p.m.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley tells FOX 17 that a 45-year-old maintenance crew member died in the explosion.  The employee was working on a front-end loader.

The Associated Press reports the man died after a tire on a large front-end loader exploded.

Police say they found the man with severe traumatic injuries and attempts to save him were unsuccessful. His name wasn't immediately released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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