A massive fire broke out early Wednesday at an automotive interiors plant in Michigan, reports say.
The Lansing State Journal reports that two people were injured and more than 150 workers were evacuated from the Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant in Eaton Rapids, Mich., because of a fire and a series of explosions.
Eaton Rapids Mayor Paul Malewski told the paper that the incident began with a fire and subsequent explosions while workers were changing shifts around 1:30 a.m.
The plant, owned by Meridian Lightweight Technologies, encompasses 208,000 square feet, the supplier's website says. That's similar in size to two Target retail stores.
Meridian produces instrument panel components at the plant, with annual production of around 13,140 net metric tons (14,484 tons), the supplier's website said.
The scope of the damage or the impact on the supply chain was not immediately clear. The supplier lists BMW, Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Mercedes-Benz, among others, as customers.
"We are aware of the situation at the supplier's operations," wrote a GM spokesman in an email to Automotive News. "At this point, there is no immediate impact to our operations. Our global supply chain team continues to monitor the situation."
The Lansing State Journal reported that power was restored to a portion of the facility Wednesday afternoon. Some first- and second-shift workers were told they could return to work for machining, assembly and paint operations in that part of the facility, the report said.
The fire remains under investigation, the paper reported. Eaton Rapids City Manager Aaron Desentz told the paper that the fire apparently originated in an area of the plant called the "tunnel," where workers put magnesium scraps on a conveyor belt to be melted down.
Eaton Rapids is located south of Lansing, Michigan's capital.
Meridian is based in Plymouth, Mich., near Detroit, and also has manufacturing sites in Canada, China, Mexico and the U.K., its website said.
In 2013, Meridian was acquired by Wanfeng Auto Holding Group.
A phone call left at the supplier's office in Plymouth was not returned.
Magnesium fires are unique because they cannot be extinguished by water, as magnesium reacts aggressively with hydrogen gas.
The paper and local news stations posted images of the plant, and reports say the roof was blown off.
The two people injured have been released from the hospital, the paper reported.
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