A worker was killed by an exploding tire at John Wayne Airport in Southern California

A worker at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, was killed on Tuesday when a tire on which he was doing maintenance work exploded, the Associated Press reported.

The incident took place Tuesday evening around 11:30 p.m. local time inside a workshop in the airport’s terminal building, the local CBS News affiliate, KCBS reported.

The force of the blast ruptured a pipe in the workshop and set off its sprinkler system but did not have any effect on airport operations beyond that.

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According to the AP, the explosion occurred while two workers were performing maintenance on a tire used for a jet bridge, a structure that connects the terminal building with an aircraft. The tire was around four feet in diameter.

One worker was killed while the other did not require medical treatment, the AP reported.

According to KCBS, the unidentified workers were not employees of John Wayne Airport. Instead, they worked for a contractor called JBT.

Neither the airport nor JBT was immediately available for comment on the matter.

However, JBT did issue a statement to KCBS which said, “We are deeply saddened by this event, and are focused on providing support and assistance to our employees and their families.”

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