Seven people were hurt, one critically, during an explosion at a Scottsdale, AZ, Taser factory Thursday, officials said.
The seven ended up rushed to hospitals following the 4:15 p.m. blast at the headquarters of Taser International Inc., said Scottsdale Fire Department officials. A fire spokesman said 16 people ended up evaluated at the scene and nine refused treatment.
Taser officials could not immediately say what caused the explosion, but it happened on an automation line where Taser cartridges ended up built. The actual weapons come together on a separate floor of the facility, Taser spokesman Steve Tuttle said.
Tuttle added the incident was the first of its kind for Taser in the company’s 22-year history.
He said workers were shutting down the automation line at the time. He said the injured were able to walk about 200 yards to waiting paramedics, as the automation area was difficult for EMTs to reach.
On Friday, Tuttle said the employee that ended up critically injured was still in the hospital but is now in stable condition. The other six ended up released from the hospital Thursday night with no serious injuries, he said.
Scottsdale fire and police department officials are investigating what caused the explosion.
Tuttle said no structural damage or fires resulted from the explosion and that normal operations were on schedule to resume Monday.