Kansas man killed in quarry explosion

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GEARY COUNTY, Kan. -- A Manhattan man was killed when he was hit by a rock at a quarry explosion. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon in Geary County.

Investigators said Stephen Hetzler, 63, was using explosives to detonate rocks in the area. Investigators believe Hetzler was standing too close to the detonation area and was struck by a large limestone rock and possibly several smaller rocks.

Hetzler was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is being investigated by the Geary County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Department of Labor-Division of Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Kansas State Fire Marshal.

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