Explosion at Naval Weapons Station Hurts 8

One person is hospitalized with serious injuries and seven others sustained minor injuries following an explosion Aug. 20 inside a boat house at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., Navy officials confirmed.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation, said Navy spokesman Lt. Greg Raelson.

The explosion occurred at approximately 9 a.m. while personnel were doing routine maintenance on a utility boat, and the damage from the explosion was contained within the boathouse area, said Raelson.

Ammunition and ordnance operations at the weapons station were not affected by the accident, he added.

The identities of the injured personnel are being withheld until family members have been notified. All personnel were taken to area hospitals.

Naval Weapons Station Earle provides ordnance for Atlantic Fleet Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups, and supports strategic Department of Defense ordnance requirements.

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