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Worker Killed at Vitamin Plant When Metal Drum Explodes

He was cutting a metal drum when it exploded.

Stringer News, Twitter

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) โ€” Police say a worker at a New York plant that manufactures nutritional supplements was killed when a metal drum exploded.

Suffolk County police say the fatal accident happened shortly before noon Friday at Bactolac Pharmaceutical in Hauppauge on Long Island. 

They say Sergio Escobar was cutting a metal drum with a grinder when the drum exploded and struck him. 

The 59-year-old Escobar was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Executives at Bactolac Pharmaceutical did not immediately return a call seeking comment. 

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified.

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