Worker using torch to cut barrel that once had flammable liquid killed in Moncks Corner blast

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MONCKS CORNER, South Carolina — Authorities say a 33-year-old worker in Berkeley County has died after an explosion as he cut a barrel with a torch.

Coroner Bill Salisbury told local media outlets that Stephen Kuffel was killed in the blast around 8:45 a.m. Thursday at Berkeley Scrap Metal.

Investigators say Kuffel was cutting off the top of a barrel that once contained flammable liquid when the explosion happened.

Police are investigating the blast,. An autopsy has been ordered.

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