By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
LEETOWN, W.Va. - Gunfire sparked a building fire at an ammunition plant near Leetown Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
A worker at the ACTIV Industries was performing a ballistics test in the company's lab when a round "flashed" while being fired, said Luis Andres Perez, vice president of ACTIV Industries.
The lab has a firing range where rounds are fired from a pedestal into a small opening into a room within the room to protect the workers.
"It was a freak flash on one of the shells we were shooting," Perez said.
The shot from the gun sent hot sparks into the wall next to the opening, said Assistant Fire Chief Donald Longerbeam of the Independent Fire Co.