One person killed in explosion at new Garmin headquarters in Olathe, officials say

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A worker has died Monday afternoon after an explosion at the new Garmin headquarters under construction in Olathe, officials say.

Olathe Fire Department spokesman Mike Hall told Fox 4 a subcontractor was working on a high-pressure valve in a warehouse near a loading dock when the valve ruptured around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The worker was killed instantly. No one else was injured. Officials have not yet released any identifying information about the victim.

"We've transitioned into a death investigation where we will continue to investigate exactly what occurred here to the best of our ability," Olathe Police Sgt. Logan Bonney said.

The new headquarters is currently under construction at 1550 S. Mahaffie Circle in Olathe.

The company overseeing the construction of the new headquarters issued the following statement:

"McCownGordon Construction would like to express our firm’s deepest sympathy to the victim’s family, friends and co-workers.  We understand that local authorities, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are currently investigating the incident. It is inappropriate for us to comment at this time."

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