Boiler problem slows blast probe

From Times Wire Reports

Investigators hoping to determine the cause of a deadly explosion at a paper mill must wait to make sure that a boiler being restarted when the blast occurred is safe before investigating the case further, the company said.

At least 400 International Paper Co. employees, including contractors, were on site Saturday when the explosion tore through mill in Redwood, about 30 miles west of Jackson. One worker was killed and 17 others were injured, some critically.

The boiler had been shut down for annual maintenance before the blast.

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