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Sailors injured in explosion at Naval Weapons Station Earle

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Aug 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-20 11:48:00-04

One person was hospitalized with serious injuries and seven others sustained minor injuries following an explosion today inside a boat house at Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey.

The explosion occurred at approximately 9 a.m. while personnel were doing routine maintenance on a utility boat.

The damage from the explosion was contained within the boathouse area.

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

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

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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